Well, the New Year is in full swing. Resolutions have been made. Goals have been set. Plans have been put into action. Words have been claimed. All the things that are intended to make this new year our best one yet have been determined, and we are here, a week and a half into 2018, knee deep in the follow through.
That is my my favorite place to be though, because knee deep in the follow through is where the rubber really meets the road. It is the place where we decide if we really do want 2018 to be the year that changes things for us.
I’m going to be really honest here. I’m a rebel at heart. If everyone is doing something, I choose not not to, just for the sake of opposition. I’m not usually one to jump on a trendy train, so when people began choosing their words for the year and setting their goals and resolutions, I didn’t.
As usual, when my rebel heart makes a decision, God intervenes and presses on my stubborn heart to soften and to change it.
My word for 2018 is intentional.
God persistently laid this word on my heart beginning around Thanksgiving and has continued into the new year. He was so dogged in His determination to continually lay this word on my heart, in my path, in my reading, and through the words of others that it began to burrow its way into the depths of me.
Obviously, I gave in. Intentional, it is.
God made it clear that He was asking me to be intentional with this one life He has given me. That word, intentional, began to permeate everything.
I felt a longing to be more intentional about my time in prayer and in God’s word. I wanted to be intentional with my relationships with my husband and boys. I desired to be intentional with my relationships with my family, with my friends, and with the people that God has placed into my life. I yearn to be intentional with the calling I feel in my heart. I longed to be intentional in my work and also in my rest. I need to be intentional about self care and health. Over and over, this word, intentional, peppered everything.
In the last few days, I’ve felt a slight shifting. I began to feel the whispering that being intentional in those areas wasn’t all that God had pressed into my heart. Those were all well and good, but above all of that, there was something that I was missing.
In my quiet time this week, I finally realized what that was.
I’ve been reading through the Bible and am currently in Matthew. I came upon Matthew 16:14 (NIV) this week and it stopped me in my tracks. The verse has tumbled around in my head for days. I know that I have read it countless times before, but something about it prodded my heart in a new way this time.
Here is Matthew 13-16. “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his desciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
“BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU, BOBBIE?” HE ASKED. “WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”
It was a challenge to be intentional in a whole knew way. This was an invitation to find out who I really say that Jesus is. Who is He to me? Who do the scriptures say that He is? What is His heart? What did He have to say? What did He teach? What is He teaching me? How is He evident in my life and in this world?
I’m going to answer His question in 2018.
I’m going to be intentional about a lot of things in 2018, because I feel like that is what God is asking me to do. First and foremost, though, I’m going to be intentional about my relationship with Jesus. I feel like we are pretty close already, but there is so much more that I want to be able to say when He asks me, “But what about you, Bobbie, who do you say I am?”
It feels like a goal that is a little too lofty, but I know that He will meet me in the seeking and questioning.
I’m reminded of a trip I took recently with two friends. We were good friends before our trip, but by intentionally spending focused time together, our relationship changed. We got to know each other on a much deeper level and I’ve come to love these two friends in a much richer way.
I’m thinking this journey of intentionally spending focused time getting to really know Jesus is going to be a lot like that, only better. I’m looking forward to looking back at 2018 and seeing how this year changed my relationship with Him. I can’t wait to know Him better and love Him in a richer and deeper way.
2018, you feel like a game changer. I’m jumping into you with intention.
I will be intentional in my relationships.
I will be intentional in following my calling.
I will be intentional in work and in rest.
I will be intentional with self care and health.
But above all, I will be intentional in seeking the answer to the question Jesus asked me. “BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU, BOBBIE?” HE ASKED. “WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?”
Does 2018 feel like a game changer to you, too?
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Love and Blessings,