I am a planner. I like to research all the angles and figure out all the possibilities before I embark on a new venture. Sometimes I think I like the pre-planning more than I like the actual doing of something new. In fact, I believe it could almost be considered a form of procrastination. For example, I’ve been planning to set up my own proofreading/copyediting business for a couple of months now and I keep tripping over my perfectionism and delaying the launch of my business website until it’s just right.
So when I started praying and thinking about what my One Word should be for 2014 and the word “move” kept appearing, I knew it made sense for me.
For one thing, our family is supposed to actually move this year. We’re moving from South Carolina to Virginia once school is out. I’ve been a bit heartsick about it and frankly, pretty much overwhelmed. It’s going to be very difficult to leave the life we’ve found here, but we know that if it’s what God wants for our family it will all work out in the end. Considering that when we moved to SC 7 years ago I had never lived anywhere besides Tennessee, we at least have a little experience with moving to a place where we know no one. Aside from leaving our own grown-up friends, I’m concerned about my young ones moving at the tender ages of 9 and 12.
And then there’s the physical aspect of move, as in exercise. I freely admit that I would rather sit and read a book than take a walk around the block. Healthwise, I really need to get moving, even if it’s playing Just Dance on the Wii. Something. At one point in time I was doing the Couch to 5K program and I had progressed to running/jogging/loping 22 minutes at a stretch but that’s long since fallen by the wayside. It’s going to be interesting to see if I can incorporate some level of physical activity into my life this year.
There’s another meaning for move that might come into play this year, and that involves a hardened heart. Oh, I don’t think I’m that cold yet, but friends will tell you that I am much more likely to mock a overtly sentimental movie than to cry at it. Some might even call me “cynical”. Does that make me coldhearted? Probably not, but I’m very concerned that this attitude might carry over into my daily life, and I could find myself no longer moved by the very real hardships and circumstances of other people. Maybe 2014 is the year that God is going to move in my heart to soften it toward others. Maybe He’s just going to move in my life, period. Anything could happen.
Finally, there’s the aspect of move that is the one pressing on my heart. This is the move that reminds me to move when I see a need, or when someone needs a listening ear, or when God calls me to do something. Stop thinking so hard, weighing all the pros and cons – just move and let God take care of the results. Like I said, I have a tendency to put things off by ruminating too long and calling it “research”. Maybe I need to step out in faith a little more often and trust God to catch me if I fall.
However you choose to look at it, 2014 promises to be an interesting year.