So it’s the first day of 2014. Fresh start. Leftover cookies are in the trash. Cleaning and purging excess junk is on my “to do” list today. The year stretches before us filled with possibilities.
I read back over my journal and reflected on my “one word” for 2013 – Fearless. There’s nothing magic about prayerfully choosing a word to live into, to pay attention to and “fearless” was not the silver bullet for me.
I wrote that actually my year was more characterized by “undaunted” than “fearless”. I prevailed more and feared less because God was present and empowering. Running races, raising money for clean water, pursuing peace in personal relationships and internationally. I truly believe none of this was possible apart from God.
So on to 2014. My One Word for this year really should be “Cheater”. I’ve prayed and reflected and pondered in my little heart of hearts, but I can’t play by the rules this year. I’m going to be a cheater. Or a rebel. Rebel sounds edgier.
My “One Word” for 2014 is two words. Or, “ChooseLife”, if you will.
Ok, you may think this is a sneaky way to do all of the things. Or all of the words. Maybe, but I don’t think so.
I believe God is calling me to focus on choosing
- Activity over passivity
- Treasure and truth over trash
- Laughter and tears over apathy
- Health over gluttony
- Adventure over safety
- Life-giving words over words of destruction
- Redemption over regret
- In vs. out on the sidelines
I believe this also ties into the theme of this blog – Awakening our souls…paying attention to LIFE – the relationships, experiences, and practices God uses to form us into His likeness.
So, Fridays will be devoted to the sharing of ways we’ve found life in all it’s fullness. Or totally tanked. Or struggled somewhere in the middle.
Here’s my challenge for you today: You are awesome. I hear from many of you via email, text, fb message, or you speak to me to respond to posts. I want to challenge you today to opt into this community of “Awakeners” and benefit from each other’s awesomeness.
Choose one word (Or cheat and choose two). One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
Post a comment here – a word if you’ve chosen one, or your thoughts on this practice if not.
Commit to our Fridays of focusing on choosing life and paying attention to the work of God.
“This day I call the heavens and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children my live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life…” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“The thief comes to steal, and kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10