I was all set to share a post today about setting goals, but I realized that before I launch into the topic of goal setting (which is particularly pertinent this time of year) I wanted to share just a little of what is on my heart for this next season.
2013 was a really good year.
Not good in the “everything went my way” kind of way, but good in the “that hurt, but I grew” way. It was good in that God answered prayers in my heart that I hadn’t even known how to express. It was good in that I had new experiences I hadn’t even known to dream for. It was good in that areas of my heart and dreams that had been dormant were brought back to life. It was good in that God lovingly confronted my unbelief and graciously helped me face my fears.
I can say that 2013 was a good year, because God was in it.
It’s because of that truth I can face 2014 with HOPE. Hope is actually something I’ve been reading a lot about recently.
Hope is defined as “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true“.
I think we all have dreams for the future. Things we’d like to see happen. Things we hope for. I think often times we use the term hope as if it could easily be interchanged with “wishful thinking”. I hope someday things will change… I hope life will get better… but we don’t really believe that it can or will happen.
What I’m realizing though is the amount of joy and excitement we live each day with is directly related to how much we believe that those good things are going to actually materialize. I can hope all day long to go to Disney World, but if I don’t actually believe that it’s going to happen then I will never get excited, I will never pack my bag, and I will never actually meet Mickey Mouse.
So how can you live happy if you don’t really know if good things will happen?
What I’m realizing is that it all boils down to what I said at the beginning. It’s knowing that there is a God who loves you and wants good things for you. It’s knowing that He has promised to never leave you. It’s knowing that He is in control of your future and that He does what He says He will do.
You can trust Him.
Knowing all of that makes me downright excited at all that could be in store for 2014!