• Cynthia McCarthy

What's Your Intention For 2019?

Isn’t there something wonderful about the calendar year restarting itself? There is a blank slate before us. A reset for everyone. We have an opportunity to start over and make things new. At the beginning of a new year, it’s common to want to look ahead to the future and open ourselves to the endless possibilities before us. We might even want to make changes in our lives, set some goals, make a…RESOLUTION.

Oh, the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. We’ve all made them. We’ve all broken them. From a spiritual perspective, I’m not a huge fan. Resolution comes from the word resolve, and to resolve means to find a solution to a problem. Spoiler alert: you’re not a problem. I feel like you set a resolution because you’re looking backwards and judging yourself. You’re looking at your past behavior over the last year and saying things like: “I didn’t exercise enough last year--I need to lose some weight. I eat too much junk food. I think I drink too much wine…”

So you set a resolution to exercise and lose weight, to eat better, drink less wine, etc. (I’ve set that resolution before—and failed miserably because sometimes wine is delightful.) Resolutions can work, I guess, for some people. But I feel like there’s always this little negative element of judging yourself—instead of accepting and loving yourself.

But setting an intention feels different to me. An intention is positive and hopeful, a shift in mindset that brings about possibilities. It is a starting point. Our creative power lies in what we intend with the words we speak and the thoughts we think. As divine expressions and children of God, which we all know we are--we have the power within us to create, to manifest, and to make our lives new. If you think about it, the ideas of a new beginning, new life, renewal, rebirth, being born again…We’ve heard this before! These are biblical concepts!

There is the notion of renewal in Ephesians: “be made new in the attitude of your minds; put on the new self, created to be like God” Saint Paul reminds us in Romans to “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind—that you may prove what IS, that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We are supposed to create this new life WITH God, our Source, using the spiritual principles Christ taught. I guess maybe that’s really my problem with resolutions—it seems like any fool can set a resolution, (myself included) but setting an intention is like co-creating your life with the will of God in mind. And that’s when the magic happens.

This is when you can focus on what you DO want to bring into your life for the coming year. Try this exercise: take a piece of paper and write at the top, “My Intention for 2019.” In my last blog post, we wrote “Release and Let Go,” on the top of a piece of paper and burned the paper away with the things we wanted to release written on it. This “My Intention” paper we definitely don’t burn. You just tuck away somewhere safe when you’re done. You can put it in your wallet, stick it under your pillow, tape it to your bathroom mirror, or put it in the bottom of your purse. (I refer to mine as the great spiritual abyss.) I once went to a Unity church where you wrote your New Year’s intention as a letter to yourself. They collected them for you and mailed them to you in June, halfway through the year.

I have some questions for you to consider, to help flush out your intention if you’re stuck. How do you want to feel in 2019? What do you want to draw to you and bring into your life? Think Law of Attraction and vibrational energy. Maybe you want to bring in the energy of love, happiness, abundance, wellness, creativity, or security. It can be something you already have—and you’re grateful for, but you want more of! It’s amazing how little we think about what we actually want in life, our highest good, our deepest desires. Take some time to dream up your best life, the one God wants for you!

I’m sure you can see by now that setting an intention is not much different than praying. It is co-creating with God. Just like there is power in the way fire consumes the paper and the things we wanted to release and let go of, there is power in clarifying, writing down, and declaring our intentions. The words we speak and think are prayers. Be bold. Seek the Truth of what you want for your life.

What do you want to be true for you this year? Ask for it and intend it. Matthew 7:7 reminds us: “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you.” What great things are you open and ready to receive in 2018?


Rev. Cynthia 

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