My daughter and her friends often choose one word to mark as a sign-post the beginning of each new year. It may be a quality or value that they are choosing to believe for that year, or a lifestyle change that they are excited to try, or it may be just a word that they have been thinking about and want to continue to ponder it’s meaning in their life for that year.
As Christmas recedes and another new year begins, all of us sense the anticipation of a fresh start. Many get out their pens and paper to jot down some New Years resolutions which work their way into conversations as January’s talking points. What are you going to change this year? What workout are you going to add? How are you going to live 2015 differently? These questions aren’t bad and can be quite helpful if they line up with God’s designs, but usually they are dependent on self effort so like flowers that fade New Years resolutions blossom and die quickly.
We would love for you to join us in choosing a word not for self-effort so that you can change your life but as a focus for learning more about the God who made you and who orders your world. Let’s take the freshness we all sense in this new year, this hope of something new. Use the opportunity to reflect on the last year, to see the places that God moved and worked in our lives and then bravely ask Him to open up new doors, new opportunities, and new understanding in this new year.
We are going to feature “One Word” over the next few days that some of our friends have chosen to live in this year and we would love to know what word you are choosing for 2015.