For our 2017 resolutions, Kristen and I took time to discover this year’s themes for us through meditation and prayer. We want to dive deep into this new year.
Here’s what I saw:
Reconnection and Restoration
…especially in the form of relationships. Friendships and families will be restored. I see 2017 as a time when we’ll connect back to dreams and life passions. We will reengage with talents and skills that have been dormant.
I also saw restoration of things that have been eaten away by time, jealousy, and deception. I got a picture of pests opening up and revealing gold. I was reminded of the story of Joseph in the Old Testament. Out of jealousy, his brothers beat him up for dead and sold him into slavery. Years later, after he became the second most powerful man in Egypt, he said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:20).
On the flip side, I’m letting go of my desire to be friends with everyone. Family and close friends will share a greater priority. As businessman and author Patrick Morley writes, “This simple question–Who’s going to be crying at my funeral? —cuts out time wasters with the accuracy of a laser. Why should you and I give ourselves to people who don’t love us, at the expense of those who do?”
Re-ignition and Wonder
This past weekend I watched the original Star Wars movies. During Return of the Jedi, I remembered the magic I felt as a child. 2017 will be a year of opening my eyes again to wonder and being thankful the things around me that have become mundane.
The desire for fullness of life, which had been forgotten through all of the striving that came with goal setting and resolutions in the past, will be reignited. Now that I’m about to be a father, priorities will shift to put family and living first.
Goofiness and Fun
Looking back at 2016, millions of people came through this site. For that, I’m incredibly grateful and I don’t want to forget my responsibility to be a role model and positive influence. But, for 2017, I want to be less concerned with what people think of me when I choose to be goofy and have fun. Rather than caring about looking cool or acting important, I’m going to be a child at heart. Rather than being constantly concerned about finances, I’m going to live life. I’ll embrace this verse: “Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life” (Proverbs 1:19).
We completed our vision casting on New Year’s Eve and then discussed what 2017 will look like. That evening, we did the gender reveal for our baby with some of our closest friends. After the clock struck midnight, our friend Kim Biddle had us do the exercise below. She found it through Ann Voskamp, and it opens with, “…when you want more than resolutions… when you want SOULutions for a new hope…a new you.” Here’s what I wrote:
This is the year I purpose to…
EMBRACE: Fatherhood and the man God created me to be.
ENGAGE: and be present more often with my wife, family, and friends.
BE: 100% me–all the time, everywhere.
BELIEVE: in the promises God has spoken into my life.
BREAK: social media addictions and anything holding me back.
DAILY: spend every morning in prayer and meditation and count what I’m thankful for.
DO: the impossible.
LET GO: of insecurities.
LEARN: a new language.
LIVE: life to the fullest.
GROW: bigger muscles 😉
I always want to make sure our goals are aligned around the three priorities in my life: mind, body, and soul. Don’t forget your health in 2017!