Philippians 3:13,14 …I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
It’s February! Where did January go? Time flies, right? I was so focused in January – everything was new and my outlook was so positively Pollyanna! Oh well, here we are in the now of today… And “now” is good; after all it’s all we have!
My husband, Craig, aka my Mega Man, recently shared in a sermon his challenge to our family to each prayerfully choose one word for 2013 that would encapsulate a desire or goal God would have us live out.
The word I was drawn to and chose was “delight.”
Psalm 1 verse 2 is the scripture that inspires me in my pursuit to delight myself in God. It states, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
Delighting myself in God has actually been a theme of my heart for the past 5 or so years. Yet, I knew I that my passionate pursuit in this had gradually been fading over the past year. This is unacceptable to me! God is jealous for my whole heart and yours! He is the Great Treasure and worthy of my total delight! Delight means “to take great pleasure in.” And that’s what I aim to continue doing with all my heart, soul and strength.
So in January 2013, it was clear to me that some adjusting was in order. I’m choosing to draw my mind and heart toward knowing and loving God Himself. Pursuing Him more is always more than worth it!
How about you? Is God leading you to choose a word of focus? It could be you’ve already received God’s direction. Either way, I pray that you will stay the course God leads you to throughout the year. Don’t grow weary! Lean in to all God’s called you to live out!
Three “One Words!”
Okay, so I went a bit further and chose two more “one words.” Don’t start calculating in that mathematical mind of yours! I know what you’re likely thinking! How can I have three “one words?” Calm yourself and I’ll tell you.
“Delight” is the one word I’ll press into with my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
“Respect” is the one word God has placed on my heart to thrive in my relationship with Craig.
“Nurture” is what I believe to be my focus word to cultivate life-giving connections with my children.
I’ll expound on “respect” and “nurture” in my next two, soon-coming posts.