Dec
29

What Will Your 2024 Focus Be?

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a 3d rendering of the year 2023 and the number 2024

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If you’ve been with me for a while, you may recall that every year, both for my birthday (which happens to be on Christmas) and for the new year, I make up a little rhyme for what I want to focus on for the coming year.

Sixty-six was “the year to fix and nix.”

I fixed a lot of things, and I “nixed” a lot of things. 2023 was the “year to be free.” That aligned nicely with fixing and nixing. Nixing made me feel freer, lighter.

Now that I’ve just had my sixty-seventh birthday, I’ve been pondering what I want this next year to be for me. Sixty-seven, the year for—what?

Not much rhymes with seven. An internet search was not much help:

  • 1 syllable. None. One. Ton. Fun. Son. Run. Pun. Done.
  • 2 syllables. Heaven. Lesson. M1. Lebron. Engine. Weapon. Question. Veteran.
  • 3 syllables. Eleven. Intention. Rebellion. Suggestion. Challengin’ Intestine. Excedrin. Travellin’.
  • 4 syllables. Armageddon. Watermelon. Indigestion. Tv. Adrenaline. American. 
  • 5 syllables. Delicatessen.

Engine? Armageddon? Delicatessan? These are rhymes?

And–EXCEDRIN?? Dear God, I hope my sixty-seventh year won’t be characterized by a need for Excedrin! (Which I wouldn’t take anyway; I have better ways to deal with pain.)

So I settled for an exact rhyme, which feels right anyway: heaven. “Sixty-seven: aligned with heaven.”

sun reflection on calm water near green mountains

Photo by Davide Cantelli

I like it. To me, it means that everything I do will be done from the perspective of heaven, of God’s rule. I don’t want to waste whatever precious years I might have left on this earth doing, thinking, saying or being anything that is not aligned with the kingdom of heaven’s values.

And what are those? Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

I heard somewhere that “righteousness” means “right relationships.” If I keep my eyes on the kingdom of heaven/God, then I will be focused on peace, joy, right relationships, and being “in” the Holy Spirit (i.e. guided by Him in all things, and receiving from Him at all times).

I like that! I’ll go with it. It aligns nicely with one of my favorite Truth Focus Statements: “The life-giving light of the Lord Jesus Christ shines is all the darkness, and brings complete peace, healing, and right relationships with God, self, and others.”

A new year is almost upon all of us. What will be the focus for 2024? “2024, the year for ____?”

As I thought about this one, I immediately thought of “more” and “soar.” Maybe those will be your words.

Or, you could do some version of “no more“:

  • 2024: complain no more.
  • 2024: clutter no more.
  • 2024: overeat no more.

I almost went with 2024: less is more.

However, as I prayed about it, another word came up: “pour.”

Pour?

man in black and white crew neck t-shirt holding water fountainIt began to make sense as I thought of my current situation. I am being called to pour into the lives of others, especially a certain family member with growing needs.

Then there are my clients. I want to pour into their lives whatever God is giving me to give them.

God reminded me of one other thing about pouring. I need to have something to pour out!

A sub-focus for me then, for 2024, will be to make sure I’m filled up, so I have plenty to pour out.

“2024, the year to pour” (and be filled first).

What will 2024 be for you?

P.S. Here’s a search for rhymes if you need one. (I notice that war is a rhyme. Let’s pray fervently that, collectively, 2024 will not be “a year of war.”)

If you would like to grow in your ability to hear from God, I invite you to check out my Align with Your Divine Design program. In Module 2, Connect, I teach you four ways to learn how to hear the voice of God. This is the foundation of the whole program. There’s nothing like being able to experience God. In fact, Richard Rohr has said, “An experience of God is necessary for mental and emotional health.” I totally agree!

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