Welcome to 2021. Most of us are heaving sighs of relief because last year lasted about 39 months and wreaked havoc on what had been a pretty cozy normal life.
Let’s hope this year is better in the realms of physical safety and emotional stability.
Regardless of what the world does, I’m pressing on. No, I didn’t choose this verse as my verse of the year, but I considered it.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.Philippians 3:14
After all, Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible.
In 2021, I’m going to persist. More specifically, I will continue steadfastly in writing women’s fiction and find a traditional publisher to publish at least the first three books of my new series. I will pursue this course of action in spite of opposition.
I considered some other words before settling on persist. Words like: perseverance, determination, endurance, moxie, tenacity, dedication, grit and spunk.
Do you see a common thread?
So did I. That’s when I decided that on the back side of a year of rest, I needed a year of action. Time to narrow the list down to verbs only. On the short list: endure, persevere and pursue. And persist.
Because without persistence, a girl isn’t going to get anywhere. And I’ve got big plans for this year.
- Launching a freelance coaching business
- Finishing my first women’s fiction novel
- Landing an agent
- Meeting my writing peeps at the AFCW conference in the fall
- Making enough money with my writing/coaching to fund my IRA
And I can tell you, discouragement nips at my heels. Winter is full of short days and not enough sunlight for this sun-loving girl.
But those things won’t stop a lady who is set on persisting.
And to help me get there, I chose a Bible verse for the year. It was between three: Philippians 3:14 (shared above), James 5:11a, and 2 Timothy 2:3.
In the end, it came down to what I wanted to focus on: mindset or outcome. You tell me which I chose based on the verse.
Not that I think “happiness” in a realistic outcome, but the word means “blessed and highly favored.” I think of it more as contentment, and I will be content at the end of this year if I persisted in writing, coaching, querying, mentoring and living out the purpose for which I was created.
Do you have a word for the year? A theme verse? I’d love to hear them and what led you to choose them.