I have never been one to make New Year resolutions, but when I came across the idea of a word for the year, I was all in. This made so much sense and I thought and prayed about it for a few weeks. My word seemed to come to me in parts. I felt let to the letter "p" and I thought on that for awhile. I started out with what I felt I needed to work on, procrastination. That led me to the antonym, and upon further study, to my word...
Proactive means acting in advance to deal with an unexpected difficulty.
Not real earthshaking on the surface. Dig just beneath the surface and it opens up a gaping canyon.
Being proactive is about making conscious choices based on our guiding principles and values, which for me is Christ Jesus.
It is NOT being reactive, making choices based solely on feelings, wants (desires), and circumstances.
See what I mean. This is a rather expansive topic. I have laid out for myself what it means to me and how I plan to start applying it to my life. I see many blog posts in my future on this.
A few areas I have thought about:
Spiritual- Being prepared to defend my faith.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks
you to give a reason for the hope that you have. (1Peter 3:15)
Physical- Preparing healthy foods for my family is on my utmost to do list. I am going to weed out as many processed foods as I can get away with. Now exercise is a whole other story. Can you say pain?
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1Corinthians 6:19-20)
Relational- as a wife, mother, educator (aka. homeschool mom): There is so much to cover in this area including accountability, keeping level headed (emotions in check), thinking ahead, and contentment.
There are so many biblical examples of being proactive vs reactive. I will dig into these more in the posts to come.
Do you have a word for 2013? Please share in the comments!