Happy New Year! I hope that 2020 is a joyful and fruitful year for you whatever it has in store.
For the last four years, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve had a word for the year. I’ve been surprised by how effective it has been and how God has used the word in ways that I’d never have foreseen.
“Surrender” in 2016 was especially powerful, but “voice” in 2017 and “focus” in 2018 also had a profound impact on those years.
“Truth” was my word for 2019, and while its impact has been more subtle, it has kept in my mind the importance of holding to God’s truth, and it has prompted me to be more vulnerable and open at times.
As 2020 approached, no word came to mind, and I began to think I wouldn’t have a word this year. Then, just a few weeks ago, a phrase kept returning to my mind. At first I dismissed it as it seemed like too much of a cliché, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to be drawn to it as my word for the year.
So, cliché or not, I’ve decided to embrace it. My word for 2020 is “Vision.”
One thing I like about having a word for the year is not knowing exactly how it will play out. It feels more like stepping out on an adventure than having a list of goals and targets. However, I also think it’s good to have some idea of how the word might play a part in the months to come, so here are my initial thoughts on the word “vision.”
There are areas of life where I need to have more vision. Sometimes it’s too easy to settle for the status quo and to get caught up in the day-to-day instead of making space to imagine what could be.
“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing the small things so that the small things go in the right direction.” (Alvin Toffler)
There are also areas where I have vision, but where I need to focus during 2020 on doing what I can to turn those visions into reality. I know that is going to involve some hard work and also facing some fears.
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” (Audre Lorde)
I’m also very conscious of the need to prioritise time with God and to seek his vision, to see circumstances from his perspective, so one challenge I’m taking on for the month of January is to try to get to grips with the book of Revelation.
Beyond that, I’m not sure how the word will play out this year, but I have found some musical inspiration to help me on the way!
What about you? Do you have a word for the year or goals for the year? Feel free to share in the comments.