- to prepare and work on
- improve the growth of (a plant, crop)
- to improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops
- to loosen or dig soil around (growing plants)
- to grow or tend (a plant or crop)
And if I really stop to think about it, cultivate is a good place to start in 2016.
As a little kid, I hated planting and getting my hands dirty. But now I am going to dig in and get messy with my life. There is soil that needs to be loosened up, weeds in my heart/mind that need to be picked. I am going to let God do some intense soul work in me this year; pull up the weeds and tend the seedlings that need to grow strong and tall.
I am going to get messy with some of the messy things in life. The messy work of cultivating plants or crops leads to something stronger and richer. I am going to nurture the seedlings God has started sprouting in my life, and work to weed out the things that don't have a place in my life.
Whatever your word for 2016 is, give yourself permission to get messy. Embrace the beautiful imperfections and shows yourself lots of grace along the way.
Do you choose a word to guide and inspire you in the coming year? Share in the comments:)
Happy 2016, friends! :)