So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. -Psalm 90:12
Have you heard of One Word 365?
If you’re not immersed in the blogging world, you may not have.
Not to worry, though, non-bloggers are included, too.
The idea is that instead of compiling the same list of New Year’s Resolutions year after year that most of us have broken or forgotten about before the calendar flips to February, we choose a word of the year as our focus.
This is a word that might challenge us to be more.
It will help us grow stronger as a reminder that we can overcome.
It might offer us peace in the midst of our struggles.
It may just be a simple reminder of a truth we know, but somehow we continually forget.
Before I share my word for 2015, let me briefly share my two previous words and what they have meant to me.
In 2013, we were starting to experience a great shift in our finances. I had already lost my very part-time accounting job as the company I worked for closed its doors, and then my husband’s business began struggling as a result of the country’s economic downturn.
I chose the word joy because though our situation threatened our security, I needed the reminder that “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” I would remind myself of my word and that verse when my circumstances threatened to steal my joy.
In 2014, I realized that even though I hoped things would change for us, there was really only one thing I could hope in: Jesus Christ.
He offers me a hope that my past sins and failures have been dealt with as a result of what He did for me on the cross.
He offers me a hope that no matter what this life brings me to, He is there to help me through.
And best of all, I have the hope of His future return. I don’t know when that day will be, but I know that I can trust in the hope of spending an eternity in His presence. I cannot begin to describe the peace that truth has given me. It is something I will carry into the New Year.
Which brings me to this New Year…
My word for this year is Wisdom.
As in, I want to seek, find, and walk in His perfect wisdom rather than my own.
I have so many goals, dreams, and desires for this New Year, but I want to enter into it cautiously. I don’t want to run ahead of God in an attempt to work things out in my own way. I’ve done that enough to know that it doesn’t end well.
King Solomon was told by God that he would be granted anything that he wished for. He asked, not for riches or fame, but for wisdom.
We all know where that led.
In the end, because his choice was so honorable, he was granted great wealth, untold riches, and his name was forever etched in history.
While I don’t underestimate the untold things God has yet prepared for me, I also don’t presume that Solomon’s wealth will be given to me in 2015. I’m not even certain I would want that kind of responsibility.
Scripture, however, is full of verses, stories, and examples of the value in seeking God’s wisdom, as well as the pitfalls of doing what is right in our own eyes.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil. -Proverbs 3:7
Oh, that I would relinquish the desire to be wise in my own eyes!
I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating: One of the things I love the most about God is that when He asks us to do something, He provides what we need to accomplish it.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. -James 1:5-6
Oh, that I would remember to seek His wisdom with a faith that is sure!
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. -James 3:17
And not just any wisdom, but His perfect wisdom.
What do you think? What are your goals, dreams, resolutions, words, or verses for 2015?
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