“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—
light! Sunbursts of light!
You repopulated the nation,
you expanded its joy.
Oh, they’re so glad in your presence!
The joy of a great celebration,
sharing rich gifts and warm greetings…
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings…
The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies
will do all this.”
2014 was a great year.
But 2015 will be greater, more amazing on every front.
I started with that scripture because that’s my word for the year. I remember reading it during the Advent season and knowing, just knowing that this was it.
I am really excited about this year and the journey that my friends, family and I are going to have this year.
“Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new”
That being said, my word for the year is present. As in, I want to be more present, more active in the present and not living in the future like I’m inclined to do. Be more present, enjoy the moments I have with those near and dear to me.
Okay, enough rambling. Let me get to the actual tangible goals, you know, the SMART goals.
As many people know, I started a PhD last year. It’s amazing. So this year, I’d like to have two papers accepted for publication in major journals. Sorry to get all nerdy on you guys, but this is the most important thing to me at the moment. In addition, I would love to write a proposal and you know, get funding for said proposal.
I would also like to write something every week. Professional, fictional, a journal entry, anything. If you do something long enough, you get good at it. I want to get good at my writing so I’m going to keep doing.
Be healthier. Yeah, this is always one of my goals for the new year but I think this time I have a different perspective.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?…. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God with your body”
-1 Corinthians 6:19-20
My body is not mine alone. So I need to get healthier because the way I care for my body is a form of worship. Ahh, alright.
It has recently come to my attention that I’ve been holding on to an event that happened in the past and have refused to forgive said perpetrator. So another goal is to forgive this person. Sigh.
A couple of years ago, I stopped being active in church because I realised my heart was not in the right place. This year, I would love two things: finally settle in a church and serve on a team. My body is ready.
Finally, I think I’m in a place where I’m ready for love. In whatever form. So the goal is to open up to love. I’m ready.
On a final note, I would love to be open with my story this year. A lot of people know bits of it but I’ve been feeling like my story could maybe help someone on their journey. Working towards it.
I’m going to end this with words to what has become my song of the year. It’s how I want to live myself this year.
“Here we are, standing on the edge of something new,
Lead us on, further than we’ve ever been before
With hands held high, be glorified
Our hearts now cry:
We are living for the glory of the Lord,
Hearts are open wide, ready for you
There’s nothing we want more,
You’re all that we adore
Jesus here we are, ready for you”
-‘Ready For You’ Worship Central