Every year as the year comes to a close, minds turn towards positive change in the New Year. Resolutions are made; Health clubs are joined; People start to diet as a cleanse following all of the indulgence in holiday treats. It’s all just a little too ordinary and cliche to me.
I don’t know what it is about the flip of the calendar that mentally and emotionally does this to us. Really, New Year’s Day is just another day on the calendar. But there’s something about that chance to have a fresh start and create positive change in our lives. We humans, including myself, deeply crave it.
The OneWord365 Movement
Years ago I joined the OneWord365 movement in an attempt to satisfy that craving in a more effective way. This approach to the New Year encourages people to choose just one key word to focus on for the year rather than having resolutions that quickly fail. I can honestly tell you that I have had a much more successful time with personal growth focusing on one single core word for the year than I ever did making resolutions. The first year I participated my OneWord was “Intentionality.” The next year God put “Order” on my heart. The following year I spent much time learning to “Forgive.” And in 2016 I was grateful to gain “Clarity.”
Looking back on where I fell short this past year, it always seemed to come down to forgetting who I am in Christ. When I found myself worried, it was because I forgot that I am a dearly loved. I am well cared for. “Daughter of the King” is my pedigree. The very hairs on my head all numbered. When I was frustrated, it was because I had failed to realize that God could work through and beyond the broken promises of others. I developed this aggravating amnesia. How could I forget the Lord NEVER breaks His word to me? He always bring the work He’s assigned me to completion. Despite how others leave me in the lurch, God never does.
My Focus for the New Year
It wasn’t hard in that time of self-reflection for me to come face-to-face with what the Holy Spirit was telling me. My OneWord365 for 2017 is CONFIDENT. I sense that God wants me to spend the next 12 months growing in a faith that rests fully in Him.
“I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, MEV)
God wants me to rest in confidence that the ministry I lead will be fine EVEN IF I don’t pick up all of the pieces that others leave hanging.
The Lord wants me to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have infinite worth in Him. Even when I feel irrelevant to others, I have value. When it seems like everyone is receiving the accolades, I still matter. My success hinges on Who’s I am, not what I do or what material possessions I have.
People who know me personally might be shocked to see how uncertain I really am. Despite my gregarious sass, I often feel inadequate and less-than.
I have been very open my personal battle with depression. One of the gifts my connection with Jesus gives me is the ability to proclaim, “God is real no matter how I feel.” With that divine relationship, I am empowered to view my depression as I would a head cold. As a result, I know it will pass. I will get through it. I just need to ride it out.
My hope is that God will grow my default habits. A perfect default would be responding with CONFIDENCE in Him. Just as I respond to my depression knowing I will survive, I choose blessed certainty. So I want 2017 to be the year that I doubt my doubts. Living fully persuaded of who God is and where I stand relationship to Him is a transformational mindset. Joy and stamina can’t help but be a byproduct.
I’m looking forward to this!
What a treasure to know, “…Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” (Jeremiah 17:7, NLT)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Do YOU have a OneWord365 for 2017? Tell me about it in the comments!