I’m pretty type A. I like goals. I like lists. I especially like crossing things off my lists.
But for the past few New Years, instead of focusing on goals or resolutions, I’ve prayerfully chosen One Word that is both aspirational in a way, and also helps me to focus on the work of God in my life.
“Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts.” Craig Groeschel
As I choose One Word each year I look back over where God has brought me, what I think He’s been birthing in me, and what lies ahead (as much as I know).
What of God’s character have I counted on?
What does God want to teach me?
What do I need more of?
What should I remember?
What do I want to learn more about?
As I look back over the trajectory of 2016 there was movement from discouraged and uncertain to stronger in Jesus. I feel grounded, equipped, empowered as I head into 2017 and I want to continue to learn more about the strength that comes only from God and isn’t blown about or vulnerable to the recognition or disapproval of others.
As I wrote yesterday, I preached on Joshua Sunday and was reminded of Joshua 1:9
“Haven’t I commanded you be strong and courageous? Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you may go.”
So I look forward to 2017 embracing my One Word – Strong.
What about you? Have you chosen a word for 2017?