So, the Mayan Apocalypse did not occur…
However, because I was counting on that asteroid to hit Earth and smash it to smithereens (not really), I didn't really think about any New Year's resolutions.
In fact, it's been hard even thinking about the New Year. I've got that post-Christmas *blah* thing going on. Not depressed, not sad – just blah.
I was talking to my sister-in-law the other day, and she was sharing with me her *blahness* too. She said to me, "I'm in the sock drawer."
I laughed out loud.
"In the sock drawer?" I questioned.
Her explanation was adorable. It went something like this: You know that sock drawer – where all the socks just get shoved in willy-nilly, often mismatched or unmatched, a jumbled mess – and then the door is just shut tight. Dark and forgotten – just a sock stuffed away, laying around doing nothing.
An Urban Dictionary explains it this way: A term used to explain a type of day that you are having where nothing goes right.
I got it.
In the sock drawer.
Yup, I'm also feeling like a sock – a bit worn out and frazzled – (but can I at least be one of those striped fuzzy ones that I wear to bed??)
But, this is the time of year when we get that "fresh start" – a "do-over" – a "new beginning"…so I'd better get my act together.
'Cuz it's the time to make resolutions!
So, what kinds of things am I thinking about?
Yes, I probably need to put those at the top of my list. Just like last year…and the year before that…and before that…ahem.
But, that seems like such a sock-like cop-out.
I think the first step in making THIS year's resolutions should be getting a good grasp on the process of what I'm actually doing.
What does the word resolution even mean, I wonder?
Definition: The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination; a resolving to do something; a course of action determined or decided on.
So I look up resolute, too:
Definition: Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. Firm, decided, resolved, decisive.
I begin to see that I have not chosen to be very resolute about too many things in my life lately. I've spent too much time in the sock drawer.
However, God doesn't want socks – at least not socks in a drawer. He wants socks that are worn inside of shoes that go out and do HIS business.
He wants movers and shakers.
He wants people who are RESOLUTE.
So, that's my resolution for this year. To become a more resolute person – admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
And as I thought about that, I also came up with my word for 2013.
It's interesting – in the last couple of years, the word that I've picked has somehow had a lot to do with the way the year played out.
2011 – Determined. 2012 – Overcome.
So, as I contemplated 2013, I thought about the words peace and hope. Great words, definitely things that I would love to influence my upcoming year. But, I wanted to hear what God had to say. I didn't want to "plan" my word – I wanted it to come from Him.
And I had a feeling that when I heard it, I would know it.
Yup, I did.
In a random conversation with a friend, as I was talking about my *sockness*, she said something along the lines that what I really needed in my life right now was – direction.
That is my Word for 2013 – DIRECTION.
(No, not bingo...)
It's what I want, what I hope for, what will give me peace – a firm word of direction from the Lord as to what He wants me to do with my life at this point.
I pray that You will give me this – and then give me the power to be resolute about following Your directions!!
Take this sock OUT of the drawer, and direct me INTO Your purpose, and help me to OBEY!
******HAPPY NEW YEAR******
What are your resolutions for the New Year?
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