Dinner conversation this evening with colleagues-friends turned briefly to the topic of “redemption.” One of the women at the table suggested that we make it a focus in the coming year.
“Redemption” has several meanings in the dictionary; however, the definitions that most resonate with me are repair, restore, and retrieve.
I’m on board with this. The year 2019 will be my year of redemption. I’m already beginning to plan for it. But there was some confusion during tonight’s discussion, with a few people saying they can’t think of anything that needs redeeming. I pondered the conversation during my hour+ drive home (all the while keeping an eye out for any deer that might decide to fly in front of my car).
As a former seminary student, whenever I think of redemption Ephesians 5:16 comes to mind: Redeem the times, because the days are evil. To me, this says live your life with a sense of responsibility and intention, and don’t waste time on busywork or things that don’t matter—because times are desperate.
A good use of time is spending it the way the Creator intended. And how, you might ask, are we supposed to know those intentions? It’s pretty straightforward. Define the things that fill your spirit with peace and make your heart sing. Those are gifts you’ve been given that will help lead the way. The not-so-easy part is once you’ve defined them, actually doing something about them.
I have plans to claim more quiet and rest for myself, to write more, to spend more time creating my artisan perfumes and other handmade aromatherapy products, to appreciate the people in my life more—and to be much more grateful for all of my blessings.
The coming year, for me, will be one of restoring and retrieving those things that provide sustenance, meaning, and happiness—but that I have let go, put on hold, or completely ignored. The year will indeed be one of redemption. But why wait for a calendar change? I’m starting right now. I hope you will consider joining me in the journey and that you, too, will restore and retrieve those things that bring you peace and make your heart sing.