But as for you, continue in what you have learned. 2 Timothy 3:14
I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, I do words.
Or, I should say, one word.
Beginning several weeks before New Year’s Day, I ask God what He wants me to learn in the coming year. That’s a dangerous question. The conversation goes something like this:
Lord, what word do I need to focus on this year? Hmm…I don’t like that word. That’s too hard and I might actually have to change. Yes, I know You’re the Boss. How about Chocolate? That’s a good word. No? Well, OK. We’ll go with Your word.”
These are my words for the past few years:
- 2012 – Contentment
- 2013 – Contentment (I’m stubborn)
- 2014 – Discipline
So here we are at 2015. God chose the word and I eventually gave in.
The word (drum roll, please) – Intentional
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “done in a way that is planned.”
On purpose, deliberate. Determined to follow God's plan.
I've spent the past three years learning about choices.
I have to choose to be content. I have to choose to be disciplined.
I have to be intentional.
Contentment can be drowned out by the noise of a difficult day.
Discipline can hide behind a thousand excuses.
I have to be intentional in my attitudes and actions to follow His guidance and to be obedient.
So, in 2015, I will work on being intentional.
I will choose to be content. I’ll intentionally focus on the blessings God gives me each day.
I will choose to be disciplined. I’ll intentionally ask for God’s guidance and for the desire to follow Him.
One hour at a time; one day at a time.
- Intentional to worship Him and be quiet before Him.
- Intentional to rest when He calls me to rest.
- Intentional to love my family.
- Intentional to write when He gives me words.
- Intentional to meet the goals He sets before me.
I have to choose to be Intentional.
It might take me all year – maybe next year too!
Spend time with God and ask Him what to focus on in 2015.
Can it be summed up in a word?
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