I love a new beginning. A clean slate. A blank canvas. You get the idea. Last January was the mother of all new years for me. I got a new state, a new house, a new church, a new life. For a whole year, everything was the start of something new.
A Slow Normal
This January is different. Thankfully. There is still the hope of a new year and with twelve months of data behind me I've got plenty of analysis to do. But much will stay the same.
I expected that such a dramatic transition would naturally produce dramatic growth. I still believe it will. But now I know that much of the growth comes later. At least for me.
Living in a perpetual state of discovery can wear a body down. Sure, it's exciting and fresh, but the real transformation occurs slowly in the stillness and the routine. In the persevering and the missteps and the loneliness and the adapting.
Looking back at 2012, I am encouraged by all that is new. But I'm even more excited about the 'new' that is to come. Not in the change of scenery, but in the depths of my soul.
Photo Credit: Duncan
What Road to Take
Now that much of life is established routine again, I have room to dream and plan and listen. Over the next month I'll spend time in reflection and confession and listening. And then I'll need to take some action. For some time now, I've begun each year prayerfully considering the following three questions:
How about you? Do you take any time to reflect in January? Do you have any deep desires for the new year?
Kelli is a writer, speaker and consultant equipping leaders for a deepening intimacy with Christ, greater impact in ministry and more effective intentionality in all of life.
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