I love me some goal planning. Over the past few years, making annual goals has been one of my favorite things. I’ve shared my process for picking a word of the year (WOTY) and goals in the past – it’s safe to say I’ve taken it REAL seriously.
Somehow this year feels different. I just haven’t felt the urge to do any major goal planning or even pick a word of the year for 2020.
WHAT THE WHAT?! I know.
(I feel like I should insert here that I did invest in a new Happy Planner for 2020 and it is ROCKING MY WORLD. More deets on that coming soon.)
Sometimes goals are motivating. Sometimes goals are debilitating, which is how I’ve felt about goal planning lately. The thought of planning out big goals, little goals, lists, and specifics for 2020 left me feeling breathless and uninspired. I knew before we got anywhere near the end of 2019 that picking a WOTY and planning goals for the new year would not be the direction for me this year.
I’m still a huge believer in making goals and planning. I think they help you live intentionally, no doubt. And I have a couple of minor goals for the upcoming year (because I CAN’T just quit cold-turkey) – I’d like to re-read the Chronicles of Narnia series, and make progress on paying off a couple of our debts.
But. Seasons of life come around when it may be beneficial for things to be a bit more fluid – for ME, at least. Right now I need things to be less rigid, which for me looks like fewer systems and goals and more just taking the moments of each day for what they are.
Sometimes focusing on big goals makes me ignore the delightful, simple moments of every day life.
I started praying about the direction I felt Him leading me. If not a WOTY, then what? I felt like I still needed SOME sort of foundation for my year. I was meeting with my prayer group one night and that’s when He made his plan clear – my focus for 2020 should be on picking a Scripture to stand on for the year. HE wanted to be my foundation for 2020.
That answer brought such a feeling of warmth and comfort to me and I think the reason for that is this: Scripture is so steady. Unchanging. True, no matter what. It’s the inspired word of God, an unfolding, unending story of redemption and promise and truth and beauty and Love and it’s relevant for me today and every day. That’s the only thing I can count on for sure every day of 2020. If I’m focused on THAT, I can’t go wrong. Nothing I do or say or accomplish (or don’t) matters more than being at the center of His will each and every day.
Dreams and goals may keep a person moving forward…but I don’t sense this to be a season of big movement for me. If there’s one thing I learned from 2019, it’s to keep my eyes on Him alone, not on my circumstances, goals, accomplishments, whatever. If I’m sure of anything today, it’s that life is moving too fast to be focused on anything but Him.
So no word of the year for me in 2020. Instead, the scripture verse He’s laid on my heart for 2020 is Colossians 3:12.
I’m hoping to go deeper into WHY this is my 2020 verse in another post. This scripture is great in pretty much any translation, but I especially dig it in The Message:
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”
I’m super excited about this year. It’s off with a bang already, and I’m ready to see what God leads me to and through.
Have you picked a WOTY for 2020? Leave a comment and let me know! J