January 19, 2015

Verse for the Year: 2015

My new InkWell planner has a page of annual goals. Kinda hard for me to visualize those at the moment, since they would involve things like, “Don’t lose scrapbooks during PCS.” (Seriously, the though gives me MAJOR anxiety.) There is also a space for a personal mission statement for the year.

Does anyone really understand “mission statements”? Every time I see them, it’s in a list of, “Write your goals for the year. Write your vision for the year. Write your mission statement for the year.” Aren’t those the same thing?!? (Obviously, I wasn’t a business major.)

Anyway, at first I overlooked it, because I didn’t really know what a “personal mission statement” would involve and how it would be completely apart from the multiple annual goals it also wanted me to come up with. Also because, as I’ve said before, so much is happening this year that I feel like I’m just hanging on the bar of a roller coaster and waiting for the drop. Which, if you know me, is not a happy experience.

And in the midst of all that pondering, somehow these verses just came to me. And suddenly, I realized what my mission statement for the year would be:

For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content - whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:11-13

That really kind of sums it all up, doesn’t it? It looks like (as best as I can tell at this moment) contentment is going to be one of my biggest challenges this year. The first thing I thought of was Hattie McDaniel from Since You Went Away. Sure, this new place may be nice, “But I ain’t contentment.”

I want to be contentment. Contentment is how you survive uncertainty. Contentment is how you survive less-than-desirable circumstances. Contentment is how you survive wish fulfillment, even.

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And the secret to being content, it says, is through Him (Christ) who gives us the strength to be content. Kind of ironic when you think of how often that verse is applied to hitting goals and fulfilling dreams, when really (in context) it’s more about abiding than achieving.

Anyway, I’m still working on memorizing that block of text way up there. It’s probably going to have to be a daily mantra for me before I really internalize it. But that’s my focus for this year. Contentment.

Have you found a verse to especially meditate on this year? If you wrote a blog post I hope you share it in the comments. Or even just give us a quick run-down. I’d love to hear them.

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