In just a few days it will really seem like the new year has begun, as I brew an extra cup of coffee and the kids open their books for the first time in 2013. I always have great intentions to manage my time better; like money, time is one of those things that you never manage perfectly and always want to do better.
This year I also have a Word for the Year. It just came to me, I think because I spent the last two days driving from Saskatchewan to British Columbia following a visit to my in-laws and thirteen hours of driving lends itself to a lot of thinking time, even with kids along.
My word for 2013 is Satisfied.
It comes directly from my theme of 2012, which was gratitude. I really learned last year that being thankful brings joy in all circumstances, and so the word “Satisfied” is a natural follow-up to learning to be joyful.
My natural instinct is to throw myself wholeheartedly into everything I do. I master a new skill, and I want to either profit by it or compete in it or make myself a professional at it. While this has brought about some really neat opportunities (like teaching scrapbooking and having paper craft projects published in magazines!), it can also mean that I am always striving, and never satisfied. Occasionally I have to stop and speak firmly to myself:
“Angela, you will not become a competitive cross country skier. Just enjoy the trails with the kids.”
“Angela, you do not have time to paint vintage signs for anyone but your husband.”
“Angela, the internet is full of instructions on how to use Facebook safely. Let someone else worry about the newbies.”
I have a fantastic life. How foolish would it be to spend this year trying to make it better instead of recognizing how great it already is?
I have an amazing husband (we celebrate our 15th anniversary next week!), three fabulous kids, and a home filled with life, laughter and colour. I get to do art every day, and spend my days with my favourite people, and we have everything we need. Satisfied.
Finally, this quote from John Piper has been resonating in my mind since I first thought of my Word for 2013: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” I am not only seeking satisfaction in my circumstances of home & family. I am a child of this amazing God whose eternal qualities can never be plumbed to their depths. Every day of this year can reveal something new about God’s infinite character; His love, His faithfulness, His mercy & compassion, His creativity in creation. I want with all my heart to seek to be satisfied in Him this year.
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
~ Romans 11:33-36