With January almost over (how?! why?!) and our household finally out of the pass-the-stomach-virus game, I needed to sort through the spaghetti of thoughts I've had swirling about the new year. Our new home marked a shift in our family's life, and I'm only just beginning to understand the ways that move positioned our family for new things and to better invest in what was already there.
To be honest, the past couple years have been full of so much change that we became really good at survival mode. So good that we almost forgot what it was like to thrive. Of course life wasn't without joy, but it felt like we could never seem to get our feet planted on solid ground.
Before Christmas, I started praying about the coming year. I don't pin myself into a mega resolutions list each year.....sometimes I might land of a few specific goals, other times it might be a general area to focus, or maybe there really is a single word that feels appropriate for the year. So many different areas came to mind as I thought about where to focus in 2017, but all of them carried the same theme: stewardship.
Stewardship is what we do with what we've been given, and I feel God asking me to look at how I can be a better steward of the gifts in my life, in our new season. And there are many...
How am I using my time? Where am I wasting it?
How do we view and use our home?
What is my mindset towards our "stuff" and how do we treat it?
How am I caring for the relationships in my life.....my friendships, my children, my marriage?
How do I view and treat my body? What about my family's health?
How am I cultivating my faith? Where have I become stagnant?
How am I using my unique gifts and talents?
How are we managing our finances?
It feels like so much to work through, but I'm not trying to figure this all out in a week. I'm taking the year to really dive into this concept of stewardship, one area at a time.
Admittedly, I've avoided those questions, because I know some of the answers are ugly and embarrassing......we've been exhausted and over-committed. I've been lazy and indifferent. I've been anxious and fearful. I've been irresponsible. And I've floated through the monotony of routines.
And floating is dangerous, because before you know it the days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, that turn into years. I'm so much more aware of how fast the time is going (with our kids in particular) and I don't want to waste this time. I can't afford to. It's all far too important....for the here and now, and the life to come. This is not about being perfect (no hope there), but about having my head in the game.
So! I'm going to offer myself a nice dose of grace, muster the courage to face some hard realities, and get ready to make changes for the better going forward. I obviously don't have all the answers, but I hope we can explore this topic of stewardship together throughout the year.
There will still be plenty of home projects and organization happening around these parts too, so I'm planning to run this as a monthly or bi-monthly series on the blog. January always seems to bring that desperate sense of needing to PURGE ALL THE THINGS and I think starting with the excess STUFF is a good place to start.
How about you? I would love to hear what's on your mind in 2017!