While listening to our local Christian radio station, I was reminded to pick a word for 2013. The site My One Word explains the benefit of focusing on a word Instead of a New Year’s resolution. What is one word that will inspire me? Last year my word was notice.
At the beginning of last year I wrote: God’s handiwork is apparent in nature. His plans for the world are still unfolding. The Bible records many prophecies that have been fulfilled, as well as others yet to be completed. God’s ways are consistent and faithful. So in the new year I want to notice (or observe) God’s work in the world.
In 2012 I was blessed with opportunities to see God at work in our church, and in my family. A trip to Israel allowed me to see God’s imprint on the world in a new way. A Bible study covering the books, Ezra and Nehemiah, increased my understanding. My faith in God’s sovereignty has grown. I have also noticed the looming issues in our culture and that has affected my choice of a word for the new year.
What is my word for 2013? Steadfast has come to mind several times and persists. I don’t want to be fearful; I want to live with confident trust in the Lord. The dictionary defines steadfast as firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment.
My purpose and faith come from my relationship with Jesus. The gospel of John describes a good attachment. Jesus said, “ I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV
My goal is to be steadfast in relationship with Jesus, depending on His work in my life each day.
I encourage you to pick one word for inspiration at the beginning of this new year. What word describes a goal or direction for you?