I love a new year….a time to reflect on the good and not-so-good from the year behind and a time to look ahead to the new year. To dream. To plan. To hope. To believe that anything is possible.
Last year, 2014, was a year of new beginnings…I started a new job, and I graduated with my MBA. It was also filled with some times of uncertainty, hardship, and just emotionally trying times. I have grown professionally and personally this year. I’d like to think I am growing spiritually as well. Last week, our pastor challenged us to look at the new year with confidence, faith, hope, and anticipation. The week of Christmas, I watched the Nativity Story with my son. As I watched the movie, I imagined how Mary must have felt….did she look forward to the birth of her son, the Savior of the World, with confidence, faith, hope, and anticipation? I think she did.
As I take this first day of the new year to enjoy having nothing pressing to do, I am going to enjoy time with my family, taking down Christmas decorations, and enjoying sipping on tea. I have claimed two words for the new year: Confidence and Determination. Those are my words for my life as I face this new year with confidence, faith, hope, and anticipation.
According to Merriam-Webster online, confidence is defined as a feeling or belief that you can do something well and succeed at it and believing with certainty that something will happen. Determination is defined as a quality that continues to make you try at something despite it being difficult.
These are the words I am choosing to embrace this year. Confidence and determination to live my life as God desires for me. Happy New Year to everyone!