2017 is off and running! It’s crazy how quickly the weeks are ticking by.
Sadly however, many New Year’s resolutions have already been forgotten or pushed under the bed. We want to change and reach our goals, but find it’s never as easy as our New Year’s adrenaline promises. Although I’m not one for continually looking backwards, I’ve learned the value of periodically taking inventory. If you know what you’re building on, you’re more likely to reach your goals.If you know what you’re building on, you’re more likely to reach your goals. Click To Tweet
So, I’ve taken some time out to answer one simple question: What did I learn in 2016?
Like most times when I sit down to ponder and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal hidden things, I was stunned at all I learned the 12 months prior. Deep lessons. Life lessons. Lessons I want to nurture, tend to, and build upon. Some of these will sound ridiculously simple at first pass. You may think, “Well, that’s nothing new. I’ve heard that before.” Granted, many of these I’ve learned to a lesser degree in years past.
But there’s a big difference when truth floats by you on a breeze and when it takes root in your gut and rearranges your thoughts. When truth sets up residence in your mind, life changes. Old excuses and ruts of frustration fade into the past. Hope begins to grow, bearing the fruit of laughter and progress.When truth sets up residence in your mind, life changes. Click To Tweet
I’m sharing my list, knowing it may carry a puzzle piece you’ve been looking for. But I also encourage you to make your own list. Today. Over lunch. Over coffee. Seriously, take the time. You won’t regret it.
So… What did I learn in 2016?
Lean in. Totally.
God is in the details far beyond what I can plan. Don’t let “what if’s” steal the joy of who and what He has placed right in front of me.
Less input and less output. While there is easy, endless access to giving and receiving information, more is not better. Simple, focused, and deep is far better than complicated and shallow.
Accept a pace that allows for adjustment, adequate preparation, growth, and enjoyment.
Embrace the joy of learning from those who have gone before and those I now walk with.
We never know the whole story.
Stay humble. Listen. Pray for wisdom.
Not everyone sees it the way I do. I need the perspectives of those different from me to know how best to serve.
Believe the best.
Even when it hurts. Even if it’s not logical. Love grows in this place.
Believe through action.
Listen to the Holy Spirit. Then empower belief through obedience.
Selfishness is not part of my identity as a new creation.
Others are not here to meet my needs and wants. My Creator fulfills them all if I let Him, enabling me to freely love and serve.
Don’t forget to take inventory.
Get the big picture. Celebrate progress. Make a plan.
Ok. Now it’s your turn. Grab a pen and paper: This isn’t an exercise to do in your head. Writing each point down not only helps bring forgotten lessons to mind, but helps drive them deeper into your thoughts and actions.