Every year we come to the beginning of the year and mark our resolutions and make the claim this is the year we claim victory over our resolution! For those who still make resolutions, I hope you are able to stick to them. Spoiler alert, this is NOT a post on resolutions. Instead, I like to spend the days leading up to the New Year to find words or phrases that I feel God has put on my heart about the New Year. While I don’t always understand what they may mean now, I am sure and trusting that they will be my guiding motto’s through the uncertainty of a new year.
I truly do pay attention to every area of my life when searching for what I feel is the pressing topic I need to focus on for the year. Last year, it came from my favorite artist Bryson Tiller’s album “True to Self.” As the end of the year approached I kept catching myself looking through the album, listening to the words, and looking internally on what I was doing and who I was at that time. As I wrote down this phrase for my 2020 year, I felt I needed this year to be one on where I focused on who I am, what I am called to do, and unapologetically be ME. As the year began I now could see myself drifting away and falling into the trap of doing things for the acceptance of other people or holding my identity as what other’s saw me, not who I really was. When March came and COVID took charge that is when I truly felt 2020’s motto take over. Quarantine forced everyone inside, isolated, at times even alone or lonely. I fell into the group in which this time was a time to slow down and realign priorities. From that point on and over the rest of the year I felt it. This time allowed me to get back to me. Doing things I loved, things that made me happy, spending time calling those I loved, being truthful with myself as well as everyone who would be crazy enough to ask me for advice or insight. As we approached the end of the year I really saw these words come full circle and I see really what God wanted me to see from this year. I am happier than I’ve been, I am confident in who God has made me to be, and I truly do feel “True to Self.”
Now, here comes 2021, and again I go searching. Spending time in prayer and really finding what is at the forefront of my heart, asking for guidance and direction as we head into 2021. Where do I find myself? Again, back to where my head and heart seem to always align, Bryson Tiller. As the pandemic helped me stay true to self, it also allowed me to really focus on what I want to do with my life professionally. With no sports to watch live, I spent majority of my quarantine watching old NBA games, NBA prospects tape, and college film to fill my time. With the NBA now back but the job market still in limbo, it can be a bit scary being in graduate school for sports management with not many sports jobs currently available, or I can see it as an opportunity to continue to stick out from the pack and diversify my skill set even more. This past few month I have come back to the one phrase and song title that always gives me peace and speaks right to my heart “Keep Doing What You’re Doing.” I have a few other words for this year as well, but those are just for me and God. There will always be people who say I am crazy for pursuing my dream, that there is no money in it or any of there other favorite discouragements, but I know what I know: that God has put on my heart to “Keep Doing What I’m Doing.” From my learning of last year, I can’t allow other people’s opinions and words drive who I am. I know who I am and I know what God has spoken over me. So this year, I will continue to keep doing what I’m doing, and focus on my dream and my relationship with the Lord regardless of what obstacles may come my way. The path isn’t always easy, not everyone can see it, but as for me I will continue to move toward who God has called me to be.
Believer or not, I encourage you to spend some time alone in thought. Find a word or phrase that will drive you this year. Find something for you and claim it now. Write it down, look at it daily, and see by the end of the year how it has played out. Make this the resolution you keep this year.
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22–24