As I’ve already mentioned in a prior post, I invest 24 hours at the beginning of each year taking a look back on the past year and looking forward to the upcoming year with new goals and objectives.
This process actually begins for me around Thanksgiving as I begin to seek the Lord’s guidance for a broad theme He might want to reveal for my life the following year.
Most of the time, this theme can be summed up for me in one word. As I listened during the holidays it became evident what my word would be for 2018. It’s a word that really represented what I believe God was saying to me through the struggles and disappointments of 2017 and it’s a word that came from my time in two biblical passages in the last half of the year:
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 41,42
What stands out to me in this Luke 10 story is that Jesus doesn’t correct Martha because of her work in the kitchen. He corrects her for what the work is doing to her: making her worried and upset. This is certainly what 2017 did to me! I was running around in the vocational kitchen getting all worked up when there was actually a better option available: Mary chose what was better (sitting at Jesus feet) and it would not be taken from her.
As I entered this new year, my Heavenly Father kept reminding me that if I would stay close to Him and not keep running away into the kitchen on my own, the better things He has for me will not be taken from me.
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.” John 17: 22,23
In this John 10 passage, Jesus prays for our relational intimacy with God. This prayer reminds me that the primary goal of being a Christian is a deep and loving relationship with my Heavenly Father. All other aspects of the Christian life will flow out of my commitment, first and foremost, to know God at deeper and more intimate levels.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, my word for this year is “ONE”. I believe God wants to take me to far deeper levels of intimacy and oneness in our relationship this year.
As a constant reminder, I make a leather bracelet each year with my word monogrammed on it so I can consistently see my theme and remember what God wants to do in me. This year, I opened the bracelet idea up to others and have had a great time making theme bracelets for friends and family with their word or phrase monogrammed on them! If having this reminder on your wrist would help you remember your theme this year, please let me know and I will get you more info!
I hope you have a clear visions for what God wants to do in you this year and if I can be of help in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out!