I have participated in a growing movement to forget about New Year’s resolutions, and instead pick one word that will be the focus of my year. The idea being that focusing on that area will bring about good things in all areas as it spreads. I picked SEEK the year before last, then JOY this past year. SEEK God was the focus, then finding the JOY in all things.
I was going about it just fine but this year decided to not only check out the website but to also read the book. It has been a life changer already and it is only the 3rd of January.
My word was harder to pick, as there are so many areas of my life that need change, improvement or just to find a way out of the door of my life altogether. The book has been very helpful in narrowing things down. I was down to just 4 words, all of these words would have an impact on my life if they were chosen as my ONE WORD for 2013:
KNOW – as in really get to know my Savior through God’s Word in extensive study.
REFLECT – as in reflecting Christ in my life every day as if I am the mirror that reflects Him to the world around me.
APPLY – apply the Word of God in all areas of my life.
SURRENDER – as in yielding, surrendering all areas of my life to Christ. While I do not care for the whole “WWJD”, maybe more in line of what would Christ have me to do. Based on scripture and not my ‘gut’ feel. And praying through things before making choices and decisions. Surrender my thoughts, actions, Sunday mornings…everything to the Lord. This word will encompass the others as time goes on, so it was the clear choice.
verb (used with object)
1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police.
3. to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship.
4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.
verb (used without object)
6. to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.
The word will be in front of me all year…taped to my dashboard, as my bookmark in my bible (maybe several as I’m all over in there), anywhere I might come across it or the need for it, I will have it in front of me to remind me to focus on that word and what it entails. It will set the tone for my year, be at the heart of much of my writing for this blog this year, but more importantly it will help me to grow in my walk and faith with my Savior, Jesus Christ.
In addition, I’ve taken the “30 day challenge” I’ve heard on K-LOVE, and I am listening to only Christian music for this month. Again, it is already impacting my thoughts and mood. Guess that whole “garbage in (to the brain) = garbage out” could be true. I catch myself little more when using less than appropriate language, when a negative or unkind thought goes through my brain, etc. The music and songs may lack sound theology, but they are positive and encouraging, as K-LOVE often uses as their slogan.