I’ve given it a thought even before December 2016 ends. I just got very busy that I had to set aside writing for a while. But here I am, in the middle of February and I am about to share how I came up and why did I choose this One Word to live by for 2017.
Surely most of us, if not all have given resolutions and goals for the next year a thought every time the current year is about to end. Setting goals is a refreshing activity for our minds. It gives us hope and motivates us to keep going. But have you ever thought about that One Word you can live by for the rest of the year? That One Word you will give focus on and will always remember as you go along with your life all year long?
In my case, it is Joyful.
Of course, I have set some goals, too. Goals for my family and our health, financial goals, career goals, even blogging goals. The list just goes on. Yet I am a person who easily gets distracted and I feel anxious most of the time. I would often feel blue and worry about the things to come. I easily lose focus at the present moment, I even forget to be thankful for some of the simple up to the most important things I have in life.
Sometimes (especially before I became a mother), depression would pinch my heart and everything goes down. I am in my all-time low mode again and in just a snap, everything will be blurry and I am uncertain again. And sad. More than just sad. And it is hard to function when that emotion decides to attack me.
So at the base of all those goals, I vowed to always remember that One Word I should live by. Joyful.
All those goals I’ve listed wouldn’t be possible if I don’t have a Joyful heart.
I personally function well as a human being when I am at my happiest. I would’ve chosen the word Happy or Happiness as my One Word for this year. But I chose to be Joyful because it means to live life with gladness ALL THE TIME.
To be Joyful means to always look at the positive side of things. Even in the midst of adversities. It is living life with genuine happiness.
Being the Missus Sunshine that my family needs me to be. I can’t go unlit for a long time kasi ako yung ilaw ng tahanan namin. I should be happy, I should be Joyful.
According to CCCA’s Definition of Joy:
“Joy is a soul lubricant that strengthens our faith in God especially in times of trials. Jesus Himself said that we would have trials and sorrow (John 16:33), but we can still be joyous in these times. When there is joy, there is peace, when there is peace, there is total submission to the will of God.”
“Joy reassures us of God’s love especially in hard times. Due to His great love for each of us, God allows us to go through difficult times that try our faith. Through our challenges and difficulties, we can grow and hopefully develop Christ-like attributes – James 1:3-4.”
So being Joyful for me is more than just being happy and functioning well. It’s also believing that there is always something to celebrate, to rejoice and be glad at. It is submitting everything to God and believing in His plans for me. And when you pray for your goals every day believing it will happen according to God’s will, everything is possible!
That’s how I come up with my One Word for the year. Trials may come which I know will test my faith in Him. But if I have a Joyful heart, I shall not be shaken. I shall not be terrified of tomorrows to come. May everyone reading this have a joyful heart, too! 🙂
Live. Laugh. Love. Pray.