Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is 2020. I always love starting a new year. It feels like a clean slate, a blank page, a fresh start. I believe this is a great opportunity to make changes in our lives and paint a beautiful future for ourselves.
Many people like making New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions can be a great tool to help us make lasting changes. Unfortunately, though, many resolutions fizzle out before we reach February. Sometimes this is due to the fact that we are trying to make too many big changes all at once. I think many people can stick with smaller changes for longer periods of time. So, this might be something you might want to consider when you pick your resolutions.
Or there is another route you can take altogether. And that is picking one word to be your theme for the year. Many people pick one word which pertains to something they would like to focus on for the year. And they keep this word in the forefront of their mind each and every day. This adjustment in our focus can produce lasting changes in our lives. Some example words are: Peace, Strength, Healing, Brave, Love, Jesus, etc.
Picking a word for the year is something I have enjoyed doing myself many times. And I can tell you that it does help catapult change. Last year I chose the word “seek” because I wanted to seek God more. And focusing on this word helped me to do just that. Keeping the word “seek” in mind every day helped me to deepen my relationship with the Lord. It helped me to spend more time reading my Bible, in prayer, and listening for His voice. It also helped me to make better choices in my life. For example, at times I found that instead of reaching for my phone to get on social media, I would instead reach for Him.
I can tell you from my own experience that choosing a word for the year really does help us grow. In fact, this might sound crazy, but I was actually sad to say goodbye to the word “seek.” That’s how big of an impact it made on me in 2019.
Needless to say, this year I am choosing to pick a word once again. My word for 2020 is “grace.” Why did I choose the word “grace?” Well there are many things I would like to change this year. And I felt that the word “grace” was an all-encompassing way to tackle some of those things. For starters, I would like to gain a deeper understanding of the grace of God. I know that Christians have been saved by grace, but I am not so sure that I always feel that grace deep inside. I want to grab hold of this grace and allow it to make me stronger in my walk with the Lord.
I also chose the word “grace” because I feel this will be a reminder to myself to extend grace towards others. Since God has given each of us so much grace, isn’t only fair that we extend grace to those around us as well?
Also, I hope to extend more grace towards myself. Many of you can relate when I say that I am my own worst critic. I am quick to put myself down and point out my own flaws. It is good to want to change, if that change is in the will of God. However, I don’t think God wants us to berate ourselves. That kind of thinking comes from the enemy.
So, I would like to encourage you to think of one word that you would like to focus on this year. Take some time today to sit quietly with God and ask Him if there is a word that He has in mind for you. Once you come up with a word, you can make sticky notes with the word on it, and put them where you will see them each day. Some great places might be your bathroom mirror, your computer screen, your coffee pot, your steering wheel, etc. I would love to hear from you, so please share in the comments what word you picked for this year!