2017: Meaning, purpose, and direction
I woke up this morning with thoughts on my mind. As I lay in the dark thinking, I remembered the first line from the women’s declaration of our church: “We are beloved spirit daughters of God, and our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction.” That is what I love knowing and having! I love knowing I am a daughter of God, and I love having purpose and direction in my life.
I love this last week of the year. It’s when I think about the goals we set last year as a family and that I set individually. I think this year was a good year: I set fewer goals and kept coming back to re-focus on them throughout the year. I made progress in each area, and that feels good. I totally acknowledge God’s hand in helping me to do this, because there were obstacles along the way, and my natural urge is often to shrink from a challenge due to fear. But our family’s theme (which was the 2016 Youth Theme) this year helped me: Press Forward.
I especially loved Elder Anderson’s quote from the January New Era magazine article entitled, “How to Press Forward:”
Press forward implies something more than simply going forward. Press implies something is preventing your advancement, and you must push through it. To go forward in this life, you must press temptations aside, press through obstacles, press the doubt and the fear under your feet, and embrace the divine qualities of faith, hope, and love (emphasis added).
That idea–that image–of pressing forward against or through something stayed with me through the entire year. This image helped me on the days when I was riding the emotional rollercoaster that accompanies my hormonal cycles these days and spurs on those feelings of depression. I was so grateful to know that Christ was at my side helping me to press forward against and through the challenge, and that it wouldn’t last forever.
This year we have a new theme for our family, and we will have a “family theme reveal” on Sunday. I love new beginnings! I love setting goals! We will invite our children to think about and share experiences and successes and challenges that they had this past year as they pressed forward and as we worked together to accomplish our family and individual goals. Then we will take a week to consider what new directions we and Heaven want us to go, and then on Fast Sunday on January 8, we will set new goals for the year.
I can’t wait!