I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I love the idea of choosing a specific word to focus on in the new year. This ‘word’ can be anything; it’s an opportunity for you to focus on yourself in a deeper, more spiritual way. It serves as a guide or a gentle reminder.
A couple years ago I chose the word ‘commitment’. It wasn’t long after my husband and I got married so it was very fitting; but there were also other things we wanted to commit to – primarily focusing on finding a church home. My husband and I prayed about this and sure enough, the Lord directed us to the church we are still attending today. What a gift!
I’ve been thinking about what my word would be for this year and I have finally decided on ‘content’. I think there will be some changes coming to our family in 2017 that will require us to make some changes to our lifestyle. Please understand that we are all happy and healthy and these changes will be good! I think there will just be some periods of adjustment for us. I am also going on record to say that this is not a pregnancy announcement nor do we have plans of making one anytime soon. 🙂
I sometimes find myself in a very dangerous comparison game. This has always been my Achilles heel and it’s something I’ve vow to work on this year. I need to feel content with the blessings I already have.
It took me only a second to find some encouraging words from scripture about being content:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Pretty powerful, no? What would be your word for 2017?