As hard as it is to believe, 2015 is coming to a close. This year flew by. It feels as if we were just ringing in the new year for 2015 to begin and here we are about to welcome 2016 just like that!
The norm is to create a list of New Year’s resolutions, to write out everything you’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. This could be to learn how to experiment more while you cook, to work out 4 days a week, to join a book club or to visit a place you’ve never been.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to write out New Year’s resolutions. I’m a list-maker and I have so much fun setting goals and dreaming up what I’d like to conquer as the year goes on. However, last year the Lord laid something on my heart that I’d like to share with y’all for this upcoming year.
Focus on One Word
Let’s be honest, New Year’s resolutions can get overwhelming. The list seems to get longer and longer. The longer the list gets, the more you feel like you can’t accomplish all the tasks. Things start to fizzle out by the beginning of February and before long, you forget what all your dreams for 2016 were. You may find the list mid-year and get depressed because you realize you’ve fallen short.
I want to propose something different this year.
As 2016 approaches, pray and ask the Lord to give you a word. One word. One word that you know need to press into and focus on this year.
Contentment. Patience. Intentionality. Prayer. Confidence. Service.
Worship. Peace. Trust. Simplicity.
Maybe you already know your word.
Once, you have your word, pray about it. Speak it over yourself. Ask God to reveal more to you about that topic. Look up verses about it. Allow it to soak into your soul and watch God work.
God has a lot to teach us, if we’d be willing to lend and ear and listen. If we’d be teachable and humble.
I have full confidence that God will do above and beyond when He gives you this word if you press in and trust Him with it.