One word … I didn’t really choose a word for 2017. It chose me. And the word was: change. Although that seems too simple of a word. At times a better word would have been “stripped”. I read where someone wrote about a time in their life where “all that no longer fit had no choice but to fall away.” That captured my year and my heart perfectly. All that no longer fit, or all that I was holding on too tightly to … it had to go. It simply had to fall away.
Which brings me to 2018 where once again a word seems to be choosing me … align. You see, I am finding that now with all the change and the removal of all these things, I am left with a lot more clarity about the person I want to be, how I truly want to live my life, the things that I should hold on dearly to, and most importantly the work I believe God has prepared me for … and in order for me to be effective, all these things need to align.
Alignment can be defined in many ways – a position of agreement or alliance, to adapt, unification, consolidation, adjust and much more. But my favorite is this – an arrangement of items in a line. Doesn’t that sound lovely and so organized? And after a year of so much change, I could use a little stability and organization.
When I think of alignment – one of the first things that come to mind are my tires. We get our tires/wheels on our cars aligned, right? Well, not really. Here is an official definition I found on what alignment means from Bridgestone:
Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affects how they make contact with the road.
So, it’s not really our wheels that are aligned, but rather the suspension– the very core of our vehicles– what connects our vehicle to the wheels. And, I love that … proper alignment is adjusting the ANGLES … so that our wheels make proper contact with the road.
You see, as much as I like things arranged in a straight line, all orderly and prepared, that’s just not how life goes, right? True life is full of ups and downs and curves in the road. There are mountains and valleys, twists and turns, bumps and pitfalls.
And without proper alignment, just like in my car, I’m going to start pulling to the left or right – off center – and off focus.
Alignment to me means making sure every part of my life is in a position of agreement with God – my marriage, my family, my work, my relationships, my goals and desires.
When I am in agreement with God at the very core of my life, and when my straight lines are aligned with Him, then I can be prepared for all the curves life may throw at me.
P.S. Want to dive deeper into this idea of alignment? My good friend, Michele-Lyn Ault of The Pointed Life has just launched a free online study on guess what … Alignment! And I can’t wait to dive in. Will you join me?