There's one word that keeps coming to me the start of this New Year, it's the word define. I thought at first it was a little odd, but the more I thought about it, the more I started really grasping what this word could mean for me in this season. For so many years I have set high and lofty goals that I never even got close to accomplishing. This year I really felt like God was telling me I needed to define my purpose, my position, and my passion; but first I needed to determine what my boundaries were.
I realized a lot of lines in life get blurred when there is no definition and no boundaries. Often times this leads to a survival mode style of living where we lack vision and seem to get no where on a daily basis. I have pondered on this thought the past couple of months and I started realizing that as a society we lack boundaries. We have let things like technology invade our space and completely consume us. We have grown so accustomed to our phones and tablets that it almost feels awkward without these devices. If I leave the house without my phone it would basically be the same as leaving without my pants, I couldn't do it.
We have also allowed the boundary lines to be crossed with our personal time demands- whether we text back fast enough, "like" a pic, respond to a message quick enough, we live in a constant state of trying to please everyone. Just trying to keep up is exhausting and it takes away from personal time that is super important to stay focused to get important tasks accomplished. Forget about even accomplishing your tasks, just being present and inhaling real life would be good for the soul. We have allowed social media and television to take our eyes off the very things that are in front of us because we are focusing on what everyone else has and what everyone else is doing. It is easy to take the eye off the prize when we allow this. The list goes on and on, whether it be with relationships or work, boundaries are needed to create healthy and flourishing environments. When there are no boundaries, more often than not there is bound to be a collision of some sort.
I realized once these boundaries are created - both physically and emotionally, it will be easier to accomplish my purpose, my position, and my passion. Chip and I took a little break this past week and it was nice to get away. He wanted me to get time for myself so he dropped me off at a farm in Phoenix, Az. It was hard not to be inspired by this beautiful place. It seemed like a piece of heaven that I got to take in for a few hours. As I gazed at the perfect rows of crops, I saw two men working hard with their hands and pulling all the weeds that blurred the lines between what was crop and what was not. As I sat by this field for a couple of hours, these men stayed hard at work. The boundaries they created in this field made it beautiful to gaze upon, but more importantly, their attention to maintaining the boundaries kept the crops from being overtaken by weeds or by a neighboring plant. This was good for me to see because it made me realize that it's not about setting a goal and then wishing myself luck, but that daily maintenance is needed in order for me to fulfill my daily purpose.
Let's be a people that thrive where we are. And on days when things seem to be pointless and foggy, determine where the boundary lines are; define the issue and get back on track. I bet if we stay within the boundary lines, we will find it is not that hard to accomplish our goals and live a full life. Get some time by yourself and do some defining, let this year be your defining moment! Bless you and your home this New Year!