I can’t really not do a New Year post now can I?
I’ve been thinking (as we all have) over what 2018 was for me. It was a year of healing and learning. Lots of healing. Lots and lots of healing. At the start of the year I was in a fairly well paid job, it was interesting in so many ways, and I was working with a great many wonderful people. It was also a job that was incredibly high-stress, long demanding hours, and in an environment that wasn’t particularly healthy. I enjoyed the job, though more due to the interesting nature of it and the people that I was there with. But that did not make it a good place to be. It was not a good place for me to be in. God took me out of that job just before the Summer and gave me a season of rest. He’s good like that. When we can’t get ourselves out of a situation, no matter how much we might know it, sometimes, we just can’t get ourselves out. So He took me out of it.
2018 will always be the year of the amazing Summer. I got more colour than I have in years!! It wasn’t an easy Summer, but it was very much a season of rest, and of learning. It was a good time for me to be able to reflect on where my life was, where it was going, more importantly where I wanted it to go, what I needed to understand before I could move on, and it was an opportunity for me to learn. It was the summer, that I figured out how to start to get comfortable in my own skin again after 18 months of my head being in a total spin and not knowing what way was up.
2018 is when I qualified as a dog trainer.
2018 is when I discovered what contentment and happiness are.
2018, you’ve been a year of discovery, you’ve been a year of blessings in disguise and great healing and learning and growth.
Unlike most people, I mark my ‘New Year’ on my birthday, because really, that’s when my own personal new year starts. I’ve been doing it for years and I find it’s so much more helpful than the calendar year. But, I’m also very fortunate in that my birthday is near the end of October. It’s a time when I start my reflection on the year, think on what I’d like to have going on in my life by the next birthday, and I can start to make preparations then for the calendar New Year. (I hope I’m not rambling there, well maybe I am, but sure, you get what I’m trying to say). Anyway. I started a new job in October with some of the most wonderful, happy, helpful, supportive, encouraging people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
It has given me renewed strength and motivation to start achieving the goals I had begun to think out over the summer, and as the year-end approached, I was hatching out some plans and ways to make the dream work.
It was also towards the end of the year that I started some work on rebuilding my relationship with the Big G. I’d been ignoring him for a while, taking him for granted, occasionally have a grump at Him and being a little petulant, and I started to make amends with Him for that and get back on track.
Here’s where we come to today.
1st of January, I picked up my verse for today and it was like Big G was screaming at me!!
“ Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:22-25
2019 is to be a year of taking action. Of doing. I’ve had a year of learning and reflection, but now it’s time to put that into action.
While those verses in James 1 are talking about reading and learning scripture, as is so often the case in the truths of the Bible, they have a general application too. Don’t just listen to the wise things, ACT ON THEM. Don’t just hear what the clever folks are telling you, DO SOMETHING!
It’s like, if you’re walking along a cliff path and it’s narrow and unstable and has loose rocks, and there are signs telling you this, and you’ve even stumbled a few times, you’d be a fool not to take measures and act on the knowledge.
You see, 1 John3:18 says “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
Proverbs 14:23 “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
Proverbs is loaded with chat about the importance of taking action and doing, and there are parables a plenty in the gospels of how we are given gifts (Knowledge, wisdom, skills, opportunities) and how we are to do something with them, not just hide them away or think “Yay! I’ve got this thing, isn’t it great?!” and then that’s it.
All the science theory of the day is useless until someone takes action on it, that’s how we go to the moon (and came up with super-soakers and made selfie’s a thing…read more here!)
So 2019 is to be my year of action. Of doing. Of taking the things I’ve learned through 2018 and putting them into action. The healing and learning and growing and reflecting won’t stop – because part of what I’ve learned is the importance of reflecting and adjusting – but the action will increase!
What have been some of the big lessons of your 2018? What were it’s themes?
What is your ‘Word For The Year’ for 2019?
What will you be acting on this coming year?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!