One of my favorite movies we watched this Christmas was "Rise of the Guardians". It isn't really a Christmas movie though Santa Clause is in it. What I love among other things is its central theme: figuring out your center. What is your center? Or in other leadership jargon--can you describe what you are about in a few sentences?
Around this time of year I like to take some space away from family and friends and sit down with a blank sheet of paper and a pen and ask Jesus about the next year. What is this next year about? What is God doing with each of my kids? Where should my focus be? I'm not a big New Year's resolution person but I do like to get a sense of what Holy Spirit is saying about the year. I find that if I know what/who I am about it is easier to know what to say yes to and what to let pass me by. And these days there are an infinite number of decisions to navigate.
In my annual process of praying about the year it helps to know my center. What am I here on the planet for? What is my call that is unique to me? What doesn't change about me regardless of whether I am parenting small children, writing or working as a lawyer? It is from this center that I then can hear about this year.
There are a lot of voices, people, relationships that like to tell us what we should be about, who we are. Some of them know us better than others, and one voice that I think is so amazing is the voice of Holy Spirit. The One who created us and has seen every part of our life, the seen and the unseen. The One who loves us more than we love ourselves. It is this One that I believe wants to show us our core.
New beginnings, new years are so fun in so many ways. So much can happen in one year. So many surprises lie ahead of us. So as the sun sets over 2015 and rises over 2016, in the midst of all the other stuff this week--Holy Spirit remind me of my center. What do you have for us in 2016?
Ali Millikan, Author
I love Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. I love my husband and kids. I believe that God is in the room with us; that hearing God's voice is for everyone and that it will change your day to day reality.