I was recently challenged to pick just one word to focus on this year. You might find this challenge interesting as well: http://oneword365.com/
My word may not be a year-long word. I do need this word until my brain pathways get fixed. You see, I have discovered that I’ve developed a new mental twitch. When life happens, I have begun anticipating the negative in light of our past. We had 3 family members die in just 2 years and two months. Prior to that, my life and livelihood were majorly disrupted through a layoff, and I have not yet found my balance.
If I keep ducking with each new life event, I will continue to be reactive instead of proactive.
Therefore, my one word is: Forward
In scripture, sometimes the word “ahead” is used to reach the meaning I am looking at:
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Paul said it this way:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
A quick search of the bible finds that God promises again and again to go before us. He also tells us to remember who He is based on past actions. There is a balance on how we see life, but for now, I need to face forward, and look at what is in light of the fact that God has gone before me. No more anticipating yesterday’s problems, or cringing from last year’s pain. I need to face forward and see life in a new light.
One thing occurs to me as I anticipate this mental change: new faith. Instead of relying on yesterday’s knowledge of God’s provision, I will need to go to Him fresh – expecting Him to show Himself in each new situation. I anticipate learning new things of God as I rely on Him in a fresh and new way.
So…is God challenging you to let one word seep into your life this year?