I had been thinking about what my word for 2015 would be for some time now. I wish I had done a better job with my 2014 word, surrender. But that is the beauty of choosing a word, you can't actually fail. Nor do I think in choosing a new word you actually let the last one go. I think as the years move on, I will add another word, continuing to work on the changing me from the inside out each year. Focusing on one word, but using all my words.
In choosing this year's word I thought over the last couple of years and asked myself when did I feel most accomplished? When did I feel good about who I was and what I was doing?
That would bring up thoughts of my family, being a wife, mom and grandmother. I thought of my job as a teacher, how I see that as a large part of my life and feeling of success. But, there are times where I feel like I touch a lot more of this world and make a biggetr difference. Those are the times where I am making myself available to God, being a part of His work and sharing His love and promises with a hurting, frustrated, dark world.
It is the area of my life I need to increase. The opportunities to do this are endless. You look at your window, drive down the streets of your neighborhood, listen to the talk in grocery stores...and you find people who need God, who need hope, and who need someone to tell them. They need someone who will take the time to listen, to love, to give, to pray and just be there, available for God to use them. That is where my word comes from...the need for me to become that.
So from that were words like intentional, available, giving, loving...and the list goes on. It also goes back to my 2014 word, surrender. But it starts much simpler. I contemplated each of those words. But as I thought, I thought also about the fact that I just need to do it. I have all those other words within me, I just keep them there and pull them out when I am in a situation. How do I get myself into more situations....I go. That is going to be my word...I just need to Go.
I had my word chosen and then I went to church last Sunday. The scripture used was exactly the scripture I had been thinking of...Matthew 28: 19-20 "Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Love when God confirms, and you know He was behind your thinking all along. So, in 2015 I will GO...I will GO with intention, a loving heart, a giving spirit and surrendered to God's spirit and moving. I will GO in my town and to other towns. I will listen as I GO, I will share as I GO....and I hope and pray many will come to know the peace I found and that they will GO as well.
Happy New Year....may 2015 hold many blessings for you in your life.
Want to hear more about choosing one word for 2015...you can read about it here:One Word