Sunday, January 13, 2019

2019: Push

I didn't think that I was going to pick a word for this year, but this word found me anyway.

I started out 2018 not knowing that it would end the way it did: some new friends, a new job, and a lot of new responsibilities. I learned so much last year about myself and my habits and patterns, and it has helped my find my focus and trust my instincts.

Then towards the end of the year, the word "push" started resonating with me in three ways:

  • Push myself beyond my self-imposed limits, and outside my comfort zone
  • Push the boundaries at work and in life and in relationships, to live....more(?)
  • Push myself to be even better than what I thought was my best

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14

I've been learning to let go of some of those "what-ifs", and to value moving forward even when I don't feel like I'm completely ready. I'm realizing that others can see my strengths and are ready to trust me with bigger things that I thought I could carry. I'm learning not to shrink to fit the expectations or perceptions of others, but rather to stretch myself to exceed my own limits.

Every area of my life is pushing me forward, and I'm going to go with the flow. I'm pushing for deeper relationships, and pushing for higher standards for myself, and pushing for excellence in all things, so that I may truly live a life worthy of my calling (Eph 4:1).

Do you have a word for this year? What is it? What does it mean to you?

Be blessed and keep pushing!

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