Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I gave up making New Year's resolutions long ago as I soon forgot them. Two years ago I came across the idea of choosing one word for the year. In 2011 I chose the word trust along with this verse:
"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)
I held my one word close though the year, and especially during a very stressful time. It made a huge difference and reminded me God was with me and in control of my life, no matter what the circumstances were. I didn't choose a word last year, but I've chosen one for 2013.
First I thought about the person I'd like to be by the end of 2013. I would like to be a person in a deeper loving relationship with God and my family. I would like to be someone whose life and writing point people to God.
Then I thought about the characteristics I'd have if I became that person. Here are some of them in random order.
I'd be: loving
seeking God's Will for my life
obedient to God
committed to my writing
Lastly I chose one word to focus on that would help me to become a person with these characteristics—treasure.
The word treasure reminds me to treasure:
God's love for me
my time for working and leisure
the beauty of nature
The list is endless, but these are a few of the things I treasure.
Treasure reminds me of the real treasure in life—belief and trust in God, leading to a real life relationship with Him. If you would like to know more about this relationship you might like to read this article by ICFW author Shirley Corder
The verses I have chosen to go alongside my word is:
'For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.' (2 Corinthians 4:6&7 NIV)
If you would like to choose a word for this year, take a look at the My One Word website to learn more and to see some of the words people have chosen for this year and their reasons for choosing them. If you click on the Pick Your Word tab, you will find 3 simple steps to help you find your word.
If you choose a word, I'd love to know what it is and why you've chosen it. Please tell me about in the comments section below.