I love the idea of the new year. It's a reset of sorts, an opportunity to recalibrate and reminisce. And of course, you've got to love the mimosas the day after, thanks to all the left over champagne.
What I hate are the mandatory resolutions. As I read through my newsfeed of friends taking on the new year with a gladiator-sized ferocity and a hard-core commitment to not screwing up the new year, I am reminded how small my will power is. If my friends had to carry their will power around, they'd have a duffle bag and I'd have a tiny, toddler coin purse.
Enter #oneword365, and suddenly, I feel like..."Hey, I can do THAT!!
So, my word...drum roll please...rest.
Are you unimpressed? I realize that it is not efficient like #focus or #accomplished. Nor is it flashy like #adventure or #committed. And yes, I have to step over my own feelings that rest is a lazy man's #oneword365. So, let me tell you why I like this word for 2014.
Do you see the picture above of my 2 year old nephew having a tantrum? That is the complete opposite of rest. It is full of frustration, kicking and screaming, and loud demanding. It is the picture of "I'm happy and content as long as I'm in control or things go my way" but woe to the world (and grab your earplugs) if it doesn't. It is a picture of my 2013.
But 2014 and #rest means that I'm trusting that God is working on my behalf, no matter what the circumstances look like. On the contrary, laboring incessantly says, "what I strive to create, I must strive to maintain." And in that blackhole, enough is never enough.
Mind you, rest does not mean I won't work hard this year. I'm building a photography business, homeschooling kids, and all the other 1,000 things on my to-do list.
No, among many other things rest, for me, means that:
1) I trust God to lead me to right opportunities
2) I count on Him to fill me with the patience I need
3) where I fall short in either ability or desire, He'll bridge that gap for me so I can accomplish what needs to be done
4) my focus is Him. His focus is building my life and adding to it.
Rest is a dichotomy, for sure.
And it's flashy...in a warm flannel blanket, cozy fire, hot chocolate sort of way.
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