I’m not a resolution-setting kind of person. I have never once stuck with my resolutions all year long. As a teacher, I now know why my resolutions weren’t being fulfilled. They weren’t measurable and not attainable. We set goals twice monthly as a grade level team and I set reading goals for my students each trimester, so I am sure that I could come up with some resolutions this year and most likely I would make them happen. But here’s the problem with resolutions: I don’t really want to set resolutions. Instead, I want a single word to drive me forward this year.
I’m jumping on the One Word 365 bandwagon again, just as I did last year with the word Faith. I didn’t reflect on it every single day of the year like I think you are supposed to do. But in the back of my mind it was always there, a subtle whisper reminding me of the kind of person I want to be. I told all of the Internet that I wanted to live by faith throughout 2013. That declaration committed me to keeping my eyes on what is most important.
Faith got me through struggles and pain last year. It helped me develop in my own personal faith s a Christian and become stronger in my walk with God. I feel like faith got me to this place in my life, and if I want to keep moving forward and not lose ground I’ve got to really focus on living purposefully.
I want to focus on my priorities, and make them purposeful. When I am at home I want to learn from the past and focus on my husband and children, because my purpose at home is to be Mom and Wife. In the classroom I want to focus on putting all of my energy into meeting the needs of all of my students, creating purposeful lessons and activities. I want to minimize the distractions in my life that may take me away from my purpose.
And what is my purpose? I don’t really feel like there is any one thing that I am especially good at, so I don’t know what I’m here on this earth to do. I don’t know if I am actually getting anything done here either, aside from being awkward and obnoxious online. Thankfully, God sees the good in me. He has something planned for me, something that I may already be smack dab in the middle of. Maybe I’ll meet my maker having never figured out what my purpose in life was, but I want to be sure that I’ve lived each day with purpose and for a purpose. I’m pretty sure the best thing I can do is to purposefully bring glory to God in everything I do.
So we’ll see how this goes. Wish me luck in 2014, and prayers if you’re a praying person. I’ve only got 300 more days to make it happen.