So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
((Philippians 2:1-11 ESV))
There is so much to unpack in that chunk of text that I'm overwhelmed at the thought of this being my goal for the New Year. I'm a chicken. I want to go the easy route & not make life change goals or resolutions. I don't want to make life more difficult or strenuous than it already is. It's not natural for me to want to go out of my way to help someone or "bend over backwards" to assist someone. But that's what the Gospel does. It spurs me on to be more like Him and do things that are uncomfortable. Not for myself, but for His sake & glory.
In 2013, this blog will no doubt have changes. I will be birthing a child after all. (YIKES!) I'm inspired to kick off a new year of DIY projects, fashion inspiration, recipes, designs for the shop and sharing more about pregnancy & motherhood. I'm just not sure how all of that is going to look yet...and I'm learning to have grace with myself in that area.
I'm working on goals, structures, & systems (boring!) ;) to grow a more sustainable blog that helps my time be used efficiently & effectively. I want my time on here to be spent wisely. I want to get more joy out of it and I want you to feel that joy, as well.
I want Oh, Sweet Joy! to be life-giving and inspiring for everyone involved:
those that are featured, those that pay to advertise and help me stay "rolling," those that read and comment, those of you that lurk behind the bloggy shadows, and myself too. I think it's obvious that I love promoting small businesses, especially of the handmade variety. I want to be more readily available in 2013 to mentor those who need it. Part of that will be through the Influence Network.
However, please know that I'm not in it for building a name for myself. Sure, every business owner is trying to build a brand and I'm trying to contribute to our finances through Oh, Sweet Joy! (the blog and my shop too). I hope that I do that well and in a manner that is honorable & full of integrity. At the end of the day, this little space isn't for my glory, it's for His. It's not about growing numbers and adding more cash flow for extra things - it's for using the gifts, influence, and passion
I have that He's given me to ultimately (hopefully) point to Him.
Some people choose words to be their "word of the year." I'm choosing specifically, a few words from Phillipians 2.
"but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
I don't want selfish ambition to ever be something that I see in my life. It's inevitably going to happen because we're wretched sinners - of which I'm the worst. However, if I strive to put other's benefit before mine, I hope that selfish ambition will fall by the wayside. Again, I'm not sure what that looks like, especially in regards to Oh, Sweet Joy! but it's a start, isn't it?
Do you have a resolution//word of the year//life goal//business goal//verse of the year?
I'd love to hear it! Share in the comments below.