My “word of the year” for 2020 thus far has been priority, but I will admit, I have not been as focused on my priorities as I would like. I have given in to comfort, laziness, and even apathy as a result of the Coronavirus. I have let important things slide while lesser things take over. I am challenging myself now to change for the better, and I have decided to challenge you all as well.
As we enter into the fourth quarter of the year, I want to reevaluate where I am with my goals and re-identify what my priorities are. Am I accomplishing what I wish to accomplish? Am I growing in the ways that I wish to grow? Am I living the most productive and Kingdom-minded life I possibly can at this point in time?
The answers to those questions have made me realize that my life is out of whack. I need to recalibrate.
Some of you might be wondering why I don’t just wait until January to start fresh. New year, new you…. why start in October? It’s not even the start of a new school year. It’s just boring old October. I have two reasons, and I wish to share them with you so that you may be just as excited about the next three months as I am.
1. Lamentations 3:22-23
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!”
The Lord is always faithful to us, even in a random month like October, so I want to strive to be faithful to Him at all times as well. If I find myself slipping away from Bible reading, prayer, or anything that I claim to have as a priority, I want to make that right immediately. New Year’s is great for starting over, but so is today. His mercies are new every morning.
2. James 4:13-14
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring–what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.”
The reality is, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. We are not guaranteed a 2021. What if today, or this month, or this year was our last chance to change?
The Lord is going to come at a time we do not expect, and whatever shape He finds us in when that trumpet blows, is how we’re going with Him. I, for one, have a desire to be found at my post, faithfully using my talents and resources for God. I don’t want to be like the lazy servant who buried everything in the sand.
I came across this thought the other day, and it has stuck with me ever since: “Make today your someday because tomorrow may never come.”
We always say “someday,” don’t we? But what if that someday could be today?
That’s why I’m starting in October and not waiting for January.
Now that I’ve established the why behind the challenge, I can finally tell you the what. In typical CoCo fashion, the challenge is big, hard, scary, and maybe even a tad bit impossible. But I’m choosing to go for it anyway (I will be in need of lots of grace over the next three months, so bear with me).
Here’s the challenge:
- Starting October 1, I am going to set aside at least an hour sometime during the day for Bible reading. My goal is to read the entire Bible in the remaining three months of 2020.
- Starting November 1, I am going to give my all to my NaNoWriMo project. I desire to be fully in the game this year, and I know 50k is possible. I will do my best to offer myself grace in this, because I will be prioritizing Bible reading over my writing, but I will make a valiant effort to do both.
Aside from my two college classes and my SAT prep, I thankfully have the flexibility to put my school on the back-burner for a little while if need be. I switched curriculums this year, so I’m not quite as swamped as I was in the past.
Think I’m crazy? You’re probably right. But this is the year of I will, so I will get my priorities straight.
God comes first.
Writing comes second.
And there you have it: that’s my three-month priority-check challenge. Read the Bible, write a novel.
Even if you’re not a writer, you can think about your priorities and tailor the challenge as need be. Maybe instead of NaNoWriMo, you choose to do Inktober. Or you could create a new challenge month for whatever you decide needs to become a priority in your life. Think about it, pray about, and make the declaration that today will be your someday.
Are you in?
I will see you guys back on the blog next week! (Y’all didn’t think I was gonna give up blogging, did you? XD)