At the beginning of 2016, I was a tad aimless. I had a job, but it wasn’t as satisfying as I would have liked. I was doing fun things, but still feeling like I could find more fulfilling ways to spend my time. I was going through my first winter without being in school and it felt draining. I needed something to shift me back on track.
In my lifeGroup (basically a weekly bible study), we challenged ourselves to find a word that we hoped would encompass our next year. The goal was to bring ourselves closer to what God desired of our lives, to give ourselves the extra push we needed. My mind immediately began cycling. I wanted to take this challenge very seriously.
I looked at my life. I saw my own drained resources; I saw my unhappiness about many of the aspects of my life. And I started to brain storm. What could make me feel better? Was there a specific area of life I needed bolstered? Was there something within myself that needed a change?
Then it came to me. What I needed at this point in my life was determination. I needed the will to see myself through this period of stagnation. I needed to do everything in my life with tenacity.
Tenacity means to be very determined, to not be stopped. I want to propel myself forward with perseverance and resolution. And what better word is there to encompass that feeling?
So far, embracing this idea has lead me to reengage with my love of reading and explore career options that would better satisfy me. I’ve also realized how much I love to travel and experience new places. I’m continuing to embrace tenacity in all aspects in my life. This includes the areas that dissatisfy me. It’s made my year much better already and I’m excited to see where it will lead me next.
What word would best describe what you want out of the rest of your year? Do you need to learn patience, faith, rest, or determination? Are there events coming in your life that you need to “gear up for”? Spend some time thinking about what would be the best word to remind yourself of what you need right now.