2016 is here! Every year I take on a mentality or a special verse to mold my year around because I want to live it more purposefully. Last year I had Jeremiah 29:11 because I knew I just had to trust God with my life in a year full of changes. So for this year I decided that I’m going to live joyfully.
I must confess, I am pretty passive aggressive and get annoyed quite easily, so the reason I choose to live joyfully is to just enjoy life and let things flow instead of holding things that make me bitter. It’s pretty hard to admit because I would love to say that my weakness is giving too much to people and I was wearing myself thing for others. But my face looks like this most of the time —>
So that’s what I want to change. I feel like my default emotion is either annoyance, apathy, or straight out anger. My friend Gema wrote a great post about controlling emotions so that’s what I’m going to do. I don’t know what the rest of the year will bring and I know there will most likely be trials but I’m not going to let them define how I react. God brings a joy to my life and I should be joyful because of the trust I have in Him.
1 Timothy 6:8 gets me and it says, “So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” I should be able to just be happy with the minimum and situations can come and pass but I should be able to look forward and see what’s most important. Also, I don’t mean that I’m going to be crazy happy all the time, I just want to have a joyful peace in the way I carry myself and trust that God is always there.
So 2016, come at me, I will be laughing all the way. Not really, but you get me, right?
Do you have a verse or a phrase for the new year? Is it prophetic or more of a mentality you need to embrace? Let me know! Let’s encourage each other this year. Join me in living joyfully and living a good life!