Happy new year everyone!
I hope everyone’s had an amazing first day of the year. Every new year since I got saved, I’ve had a word for the year. This is a word or phrase that I choose to describe the upcoming year. It generally sums up how I want to live, and I intentionally focus on it all year long.
In 2017, my word for the year was “faith”. In 2018, it was “abide and obey”. This year, my phrase is “contentment without complacency”. This phrase was laid on my heart as I was praying, and I think it’s so accurate and needed for me. I spent a lot of 2018 being discontent with a lot of things in my life. In 2019 (and moving forward for the rest of my life), I’m choosing to be content. Content with whatever portion God decides to give me. One thing I learnt last year is that I have everything I need, in whatever season of life I’m in. If I don’t have it, I don’t need it.
But it doesn’t stop there. I don’t want to use contentment as an excuse to be complacent and not pursue the things I want in my life. I don’t want contentment to make me lazy or to not challenge myself or step out of my comfort zone. That’s why the two need to come together. Contentment - happiness, satisfaction, peace with where I’m at - without complacency - not allowing myself to feel smug or lazy or comfortable with where I’m at. Pushing myself. Taking risks and making myself vulnerable. Being uncomfortable with comfort. But at the same time, having peace. God’s peace. Resting in God. Being grateful for my portion. Being happy.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”
1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV
What’s your word or phrase for the new year? Let me know in the comment section. I hope you have a blessed 2019, love you and God loves you more!