I was talking to a friend the other day whose son is traveling the world. When he sets out on his adventures, usually all he has is an airline ticket. He loves to travel that way. For others, it would create a multitude of anxieties not knowing where they would stay, or how they would get from one place to another.
The same scenario that excites one person, can ignite fear in another.
My boss joked with me one day that he’s scared that I’m going to become a famous author and quit my day job. We laughed together when I said, “That would be GREAT!”
Those two scenarios got me to thinking. About possibilities. How one possibility seems awesome to one and not-so-awesome, or even frightening, to another.
There’s something about a new year that motivates us to think about new possibilities. The truth is, new possibilities mean there will have to be some changes. Changes can be difficult. I would prefer not to think about difficulties when I’m pondering possibilities. I’m learning, however, that something new always requires something extra from me. Extra finances, extra boldness, extra love, extra mercy, extra time.
So which do I want more? To be comfortable or to experience new possibilities?
So, I’ve been pondering my word for 2014. I’m a play-by-the-rules kind of gal. Compliant. Submissive to authority. I’m not known to fight for much. I back down. I take ‘no’ for an answer. I don’t spend much time troubleshooting how to open doors. I accept closed doors and look elsewhere for an opening. So, when the word ‘boundless’ resonated with me as my possible word for this year, I wondered why. I respect boundaries. More than that, I can be pretty fearful about stepping outside of them.
The dictionary definition of boundless is this: “having no bounds, infinite or vast, unlimited.” It just about took my breath away. It sounds like God to me.
The truth is, I would love to partner with Him, to be more like Him, and to walk closer with Him. It may be just that simple… stick with Him and ignore the confines of my own inadequacies, thoughts, plans, and fears. Put that way, it sounds more exciting than frightening to me.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2
So that’s it… for this year, I will dare to be boundless and endeavor to remove the limitations that I place upon myself. What about you? There are many things we can be! I displayed some other words that may apply to your life for this coming year. It is just a sampling of a satchel full of words that my sister gave me to fit in my “Be…” I encourage you to think and pray and dream of what word you would like to characterize your year. It’s amazing the focus it can bring to your days when you have something in particular you want to be!
Willing to Be Boundless With Him,