Day 189 of the year 2016. Most of this was written on Day 1 of this year… Yep, I never posted it – just like the other 60 posts that have never made it out of the draft file. So, I will raise the question, how are you doing with all that you pondered, contemplated, and wanted to change back on Day 1?
Day one of a new year. I think I began this year with a new tradition for December 31… go to bed REAL early! I slept just over 11 hours that night and woke up feeling great!! Well, with the exception of the mild sore throat and slight cough.
Just as I have with with New Years resolutions, I have wanted to avoid the sensationalism of the “WORD for the YEAR.” However, I must confess, I have had a word for my life for years. (Way before before it became the thing to do). Just like everything else in the Christian life there are many books, blogs, and apps to help you discover your word for the year. I get it. It’s a New Year and with everything being new it’s time to focus on something new.
But what if the old is still not resolved? Do you move on? Or do you dig down deeper? Do you fight for that which you haven’t attained or learned?
Over the years,”my word” has been more like a “theme for the season.” Typically the word coincides with the season of my life more so than for the year. That season can start and end at any time throughout the year. It is what God is wanting to build down deep in my heart.
In late Summer, 2014, “joy” became a focus for my life. I had hoped to unpack all that God wanted for me in joy during 2015. But as I approached the Fall of 2015 I was still wondering, searching, and reading about it. What do I lack that is missing in my life that keeps me from experiencing real joy?
It was on my journey to New Mexico in August 2015 that allowed me get a glimpse of what is holding me back. I got a glimpse of what is missing but I’m unclear as to where the bridge is to get me from here to there.
So, in the midst of my journey of re-discovering Joy, another theme began to arise within the past month or so. And yes, that leads me to a “WORD for the YEAR.” FAITH.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “for we walk by faith and not by sight.” I re-discovered in 2015 that joy is best experienced in obedience to the will of God. It was confirmed again this summer (2016) through obedience to go on a mission trip.
As this life of joy continues to grow through obedience by faith, I will leave you with one more verse that is impacting my life right now from another book in the Bible written by Paul,
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
So, if you started off Day 1 without a word for the year or some kind of focus you can always start on Day 189. Don’t be discouraged. Even though it’s not New Year’s Day, God is not done with you or me. It may be Day 189 but it can be the start of something new and grand in your life today.
The above picture is from my journal. It was inspired while I was taking notes from a sermon by Rick Warren sometime in 2015.