By Nancy J. Farrier
So, here we are. 2018. The first day of a brand-new year. A clean slate in front of us. What will we do with this year?
Many people choose to make New Year’s resolution. When I’ve tried that I break them faster than I make them. Before the first month ends, I’ve given up and forgotten what my resolutions were. Then I heard about a different idea—something my friends do.
The idea is to choose a word at the beginning of the new year. A word to focus on throughout the year. Something to change an attitude or way of thinking, to focus more on Godlike characteristics than on self. I’ve tried this before. Usually, by the end of January, just like with resolutions, I am struggling to remember what word I even chose, let alone how that should apply to my life.
The past couple of months, I’ve felt a nudge to try a word of the year again. Not only that, but my word for the year has already been chosen for me. You see, I’ve had a problem with my attitude towards upcoming change and towards others. I realize the importance of getting rid of the negativity in my life and attitude.
My word for this year is Thanksgiving. I think I should print a banner and put it on the wall so I see “Thanksgiving” every day when I get up. I believe God wants to work with me to change the attitude of my heart by this one word.
A quick search of scripture showed more than 70 verses using the word thanks. I could take one verse a week to memorize and help me learn this important concept. If I do that—if I make the word “Thanksgiving” a crucial part of my life for the whole year, I have no doubt my life will change. I look forward to seeing what has happened on this very day one year from now.
“So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, will give You thanks forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations.” Ps. 79:13 NKJV