I love Vincent van Gogh’s quote, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” That’s very much in line with the goals and planning work I’ve been doing over the past month to get ready and geared up for 2018.
Have you selected a word for the year?
I have been working through Lara Casey’s goal-setting program for the past few weeks. I love her perspective; that we can cultivate the things God has already given us to work on as our goals. There are likely things that He is already doing with us that are things we need to grow–that can be the work and life we give our focus to—just like a garden! We can start small (like a seed) and cultivate the things under our care. Those small seeds will eventually turn into a huge, gorgeous plant!
This has created the perfect focal point for me to view what I’d like to focus on in 2018. And I love the word entrusted; it sums up everything I’d like to be working on this year.
What exactly does entrusted mean?
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, entrusted means this:
First, “to confer a trust on; especially, to deliver something in trust to.”
Second, “to commit to another with confidence.”
I found another definition in one of my favorite Bible study tools, Strong’s Concordance (found online at BibleHub): parathéké, “a deposit, anything committed to one’s charge or trust.” Thayer’s Greek Lexicon amplifies the meaning a bit with this: “a deposit; a trust or thing consigned to one’s faithful keeping.”
And how that works out in my life
I’ve realized that there are things that God has entrusted to me; and for those things, I am the only person who can do them/care for them. If I input the definitions above into that, I realize that God has given me a trust in these to fulfill—and confidence that I can do them! Also, that they are in my care for faithful keeping.
So what are some things that have been given into my care?
- My health
- My marriage
- My homeschool
- My relationship with my son
- My home
- My teaching & writing
No one else is responsible for my health…my marriage & relationship with my husband…my homeschool…and everything else on that list. So how will I care for those things? How will I grow them? How will I improve them?
I will take what I already have and I will work on it. So for my health, some examples are: drinking more water; planning and eating nutritious meals (along with my family!); beginning the year with some gentle exercise. In our homeschool, I’m turning my attention to planning for college (even though it’s a few years away) and ensuring that we complete the high school transcript necessary for that. I am looking at my writing (I do a lot of book reviews for various websites) trying to see the overall big picture. And, I have other things in mind for the other items on the list.
I suppose the main idea for me is taking the different responsibilities and relationships I have been given and approaching them thoughtfully…and keeping everything in balance while I try to move forward with excellence. In the past I have often ignored my health in favor of trying to get too much done. That is a big area I’d like to make a change in this year!
I’m going to be working more in the coming month on specific goals that will fulfill the different things I’ve been given; but for now, entrusted is my big-picture word. I love it. It makes me feel hopeful and, overall, excited about the coming months!
Did you select a word for 2018? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section! Whether you did or not, my hopes and prayers for you all are for an amazing, beautiful year.