A swift kick in the rear. I get that every so often. This month I got the rear-kick I needed to push me over the edge of fear and into the realm of risk. Big dreams demand our fearlessness. They demand our courage. They call upon us to risk something of ourselves. Risk is requesting the “big ask” of me. In 2016 I’m choosing to quietly and purposefully take life by storm.
My word for 2016 is rest, and it was my word last year too. However, this word has stayed with me. There are more depths of rest to plumb, to unearth, to walk in, to express, and to experience. There is more rest in which to be engaged, and it’s not just physical rest – though I could always use much more of that. The rest I’m diving into has everything to do with identity, wholeness, self care, personal and internal ownership, living by just being, leaning into the depth and breadth of life, and learning to be at peace no matter the storms that rage around me.
This kind of rest cannot be faked. It cannot neither be bought nor manufactured. This kind of rest is a gift. it is purposeful. It is by choice. And more than anything it is divine grace.
This year I’m taking the risk to be all in, to rest fully in who I am, Whose I am, and what I am called to be. I’m choosing to rest in being whole and wholly loved. I’m choosing to rest in the unfolding of God’s good plans for my life. I’m choosing to rest in the work I create and calling it good. I’m choosing to affirm hope, tenacity, and holding faith. Yes! This is my year to rest. It’s also my year to recalibrate and cultivate. Yikes!To take back what is mine and meant for me. To carry on living, being, and doing. To consciously call my endeavors good when they come to fruition. To live from Truth in Truth, always guided by the One who stands in front of me. I choose to rest in the undoing. I choose to rest in the becoming.
I know the One who holds all of me together, so I am in good Hands. I am not waiting anymore. I need no other approval, no permission, no acknowledgment. I’m starting here. I’m starting now. I’m going to break the give-a-damn. I have this one life. I’m going to spend it well. Now. Now. Now. I’m beginning now!
I can’t wait to see the beauty of living whole, passionately, purposefully, creatively, and abundantly unfold. Maybe it will be messy. Maybe it will hurt. Maybe I’ll even embarrass myself. Maybe I’ll be rejected. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that I keep showing up, use these gifts and talents, and show up to the work God’s given me to do. What also matters is me resting in the process of becoming and unbecoming.
So now, I encourage you friend to go live by just being and let that being become what you do. Let’s make this the year we break our give-a-damn.