Recently, I saw a post on Facebook about choosing a single word to define the new year. I loved the idea of picking a word of the year to refocus my goals and set the tone for 2020. So, I decided to pick one too!
Check out my goals for 2020 and my new planner here!
word of the year
My word of the year is Contentment.
As I was looking back on 2019, I was frustrated that over the last three (almost four) years of marriage our life situation has pretty much stayed the same. One of us has always been in school full time, we’re still living on one income, unable to buy a house, start a family, pay off debt, go on vacation, and the list goes on.
I’m embarrassed even telling you this because I have so much to be thankful for. I am totally aware that there are so many people out there with more serious and difficult life situations.
perfectionism: the enemy of progress
I tend to be a perfectionist. It seems that most things in my life are never “just right”. My appearance, performance at work, timing, finances, home décor, etc. I’ve realized that perfectionism makes me super discontent.
Discontentment causes me to fear stepping forward in my life and showing up for what God has for me.
When I don’t step up in life, as imperfect or messy as it may be, I miss out on God using me, possible friendships, and new opportunities. I miss out on making progress, as small as it may be.
I have to remind myself, God never promised perfect life circumstances if I walk with him. He promised to make me like Jesus. I don’t always agree with the process, but He takes all those frustrating seasons in life and uses them to refine me day by day.
a fresh start
So, this year my goals and focus are centered around contentment. I want to be content with where I am in life, how I was created, and all the possibilities and growth that will come from resting in truth.
If you get a chance, read Philippians 4:11-13. It’s all about how the Apostle Paul was content in spite of crazy life situations.
“…I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.”
Did you choose a word of the year? I would love to hear what it is and why you chose it! Comment below!