Photo by Anna Pociask, She Works His Way
For several years, our family has chosen one word that we want to reflect our goals and desires for ourselves and for our family.
Thrive, Patience, Intentional have been some of the words that we have had reflected in our homes and it has been so fun to watch as God transformed our hearts and we saw our goals come to fruition, all because we decided to take a single word and make it a focus. It helped us streamline our goals and our desires. It helped to us to make sure that our priorities were in line and that we were a team. Families are not meant to be lone rangers!
For 2016, our word will be-Discipline!
Wait. What? Discipline? I know, I know. That word doesn’t seem as fun. Trust me. We fought that one!
But the more Dan and I prayed about it, the more we felt we needed Discipline to be our word. It wasn’t that we were all over the place or that we weren’t disciplined in anything, but we saw some areas in our parenting, marriage, life, and finances that definitely needed work. So for 2016, as a goal we are doing together, we will be working on refining those disciplines. We will be working together to put systems in place within our household that will bless our family and bless others.
We want to raise our children to know and love Jesus, more than anything else. That takes discipline in how you parent and how diligent you are in raising them. It doesn’t happen by accident.
We have big dreams about ministry and how we will do that as a couple. But there is discipline in growing with the Lord each day. It doesn’t happen by accident and you can’t pour out to others if you are empty.
We want to invest in ministries and help people who are in need without worrying about our own finances. But that won’t happen without be disciplined in spending, saving, and giving. We want to be good stewards and generous givers. It takes work.
We want to be closer as a married couple than when we were first dating. But that takes discipline in planning out date nights and choosing to grow closer, even when it is hard. Marriage is hard work. A good marriage doesn’t just happen by accident.
We want to train for Godliness.
1 Timothy 4:8 says:
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
God’s word is clear that while we may be doing things that will benefit us physically (like working out and eating healthy!), the ultimate goal is to train for Godliness. We are to reflect Him. That should be our goal! Godliness does not happen by accident. It doesn’t happen because we simply want it to. It takes daily training, studying, seeking , prayer, discipline.
Discipline isn’t always fun, but it is necessary.
I am so excited to see what God will do as we train for Godliness in 2016.
Do you have a word of the year? Have you chosen yours for 2016?