As thoughts turn to the year ahead it’s always with a mixture of anticipation and uncertainty that I think about aims / resolutions. In any case 2014 demonstrated that whatever aims I wrote in January, I had no idea what was to happen! My ability to foretell the future hasn’t improved since last year but here are a few pointers.
Last year I set myself the goal of learning some Spanish. I’m still a long way from being able to hold proper conversations but now know enough to make simple sentences and I hope to keep improving.
Being ill posed all sorts of questions about my aims for the future, many of which remain unanswered. But there is life in the old dog yet and unanswered questions don’t mean I have no ideas about the future or what I might want to do. My desire to see people radiate Jesus and to be part of something that signposts the kingdom of God remains strong. So 2015 is likely to be about how I can use my gifts to help in this. Perhaps, this year, it is less about goals and more about looking for / taking opportunities and seeing where God might lead.
I’m hoping that 2015 will see me get back to more reading, learning and writing. Whilst life experience certainly enables a growing self-awareness I want to be growing from others, and perhaps be able to contribute to other people’s learning.
Finally, the experiences of 2014 made me more aware of my immediate family and I want to make sure that in 2015 I share time and energy with them.