So last week I shared that my One Word for this year is “Follow” and I promised more details on what that looks like. Because seriously… ambiguous much? As much as I’m excited for this year and what it holds, I also know it requires a lot of intention on our parts. Because if Jesus is asking us to follow, then it’s unlikely we’re going to end up in the same place next December as we are right now – even if I have no idea exactly what that means.
As I was praying about all of this earlier this month, one thing became very clear: if we’re going to get where He’s telling us to go, we need a pretty good compass. And so that’s becoming the theme for this year. Following Christ by setting our compass.
Last year the hubster and I had a serious case of yes-itis. We said yes to everything. Everything. Seriously. Every little thing. Between his demanding work and Ph.D. schedule and my crazy work and helping him with his Ph.D. schedule, plus a little bit of social life, plus getting out of town, plus the day to day work of making a home function, we were wiped.
We were trying too hard to cram in what we wanted to do on top of what we “needed” to do, and it became a full plate. Even our genius idea of Just Say No June didn’t really take off. By summer we were fully into travel season swing and by the time that wrapped up we were preparing for the holidays. We ended the year in almost the exact same place we began it.
And here’s the deal about yes-itis. If we’re saying yes to everything people invite us to, or every idea we have, or everything people ask us to do (at work or home or anywhere we go), then we’re bobbing around without a compass. Jesus’ brother James called it being “as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” Amen. We’re literally all over the place but going nowhere.
When we set our compass on Christ we give ourselves a plan and a direction. We’re going somewhere.
So this year we’re setting our compass in two ways. We’re looking at what God’s asking of us and also at what dreams He’s planting in our hearts. And then we’re asking what do we need to do to get there.
And I’m making a list and putting it in a frame and it’s staying in plain sight as we follow through 2014, and we’re going to do our best to avoid detours at all cost.
I’ll share that list and how I’m framing it soon. What about you? Have you ever “set a compass” toward something so to speak? Any good tips or stories to share? If you were to set a compass this year, what would you be walking toward?
p.s. Prefer to sing along? This one says it all…
Original photo of Where Do You Go by ~Martin~ from Flickr Creative Commons. Adapted for this blog post by Stephanie Oh.