I have this little corner desk area in our bedroom. On the wall I always post my word of the year. I see it multiple times a day and often stare and ponder what it means in that moment. What is the next leap?
Yesterday when I removed my 2019 word – courage- I felt a bit of sadness, “empty nest-ness.” I have been doing word of the year for 4 years now (balance → faith → love → courage). I can honestly say this is the first time I had trouble of letting go of a word. Who knew? Not sure what that means. But, I do know that it doesn’t mean to abandon my word leap. This was handed to me. I shared with my husband how back around Halloween I felt it – but fought it. I was convinced that wasn’t the word. Fear was driving that. I knew what it would mean to commit to leap, to commit to fully trusting him. I also shared that when I really committed to leap – it wasn’t long after I realized this year is a leap year. I laughed, looked up, and said allowed “funny, you got jokes.”
Part of my leaping year… I have chosen to use a monthly quote to help guide, motivate, and/or narrow my focus. The above quote by Seth Godwin is a great way to start the year. The first part… “It always feels too soon to leap”, reminds me of,
However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
Hard truth – we absolutely can not enjoy, we can not participate, we can not even see what he has prepared… until we leap.
Throughout the Bible, God has required believers to leap.
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31 (NIV)
Even knowing this with all my heart – one of biggest flaws I am trying to conquer – is fear paralysis caused by the what if? Must recite this over and over,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Noah leaped and built and arc, Abraham leaped and prepared to sacrifice his son, Rahab leaped and sheltered enemy spies, David leaped and confronted a giant, Peter leaped (well stepped) out of a boat… the list could go on.
Do you have a time you leaped… trusted without seeing… a moment that you went from “you” to remarkable? Share your story… it just might be the push for my leap one day.