Today is the last day of 2021.
Today, everyone will make New Years’ resolutions and will break them by January 2.
A New Year, so what?
Theme. What is your theme for 2022?
First, you are wondering how and why you should create a theme for 2022. A theme is different than a resolution. A resolution is often something that is broken in a short amount of time. A resolution is focused on the short term. A theme will give you focus for the entire year. A resolution is something that we put little thought into because it is obvious. A theme is something that shapes the whole year and is sometimes something that is only revealed through prayer.
How does one develop a theme for 2022?
First and foremost, you want to start around Thanksgiving. Yes, it seems early; however it gives you time to not rush into your theme. Because you are not rushed, your heart and mind are not anxious and you are more open to hearing God’s voice. It is similar to using a Crock-Pot or the microwave for cooking meat. Which tastes better? The Crock-Pot. Slow and steady for developing your theme.
I get it. Today is New Year’s Eve and you are party planning. In your mind, it may be too late to plan for a theme for 2022. Wrong! Start the process now and give yourself about a month to hear from God. Don’t rush it! What you are praying for is a theme of one to two words. Don’t complicate it! And remember, you cannot do this solo…..
Next, you want to involve a trusted friend or two into this process. With these folks, you can explore how your theme is playing out throughout the year. Are you receptive to what God is doing in your life? Are you open to others who can help you with your theme and how it applies to your life? God cannot work with a closed heart.
Journal your progress throughout the year. Document the ups and downs that you encounter as you seek God in the year. This journey is about your progress in the Process. Jesus is never done refining you and molding you to be more Jesus.
Lastly, learn to breathe. This is a theme to guide you–not strict guidelines!
Here’s to a vision-filled 2022!