Here we are - the first week of the year! There's something so exciting and motivating about standing on the precipice of the unknown. Our Pastor, Dean Sweetman, spoke this past Sunday about God's individual Word for our life this year, using John 1:1-5 as the basis for his message. Let me save you the time to look it up...(NLT)
1 In the beginning the Word already existed
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
I'll be going back to that passage frequently! The challenge in his message was to find the word(s) God is speaking over your life this year. The word you'll go back to when the going gets tough. The word you'll use to take you further than you've ever gone before.
I was kind of hoping my word would be something really epic like..."Pioneer" or "Prosperity". But, while I'm sure someone else very deserving got those words, I got one that was a little less exciting. And that's just what I needed.
I've had words in the past that have absolutely changed me. A few years ago "Vision vs Complaint" ruled my world. Ps Jill Sweetman had preached an incredible message about choosing vision in all situations rather than complaining about them. Having a natural bent towards negativity, this was extremely challenging. But, as I continued to choose vision my mindsets began shifting, things that would normally have taken me out became catalysts for successes in my life.
A year or two later my words were "Discipline IS Happiness". When I began my fitness journey almost 4 years ago this phrase kept me going on those frigid mornings I was meant to be getting out of bed for a run, or the 6AM swims. I found that when I chose to follow the schedule I had set for myself I was much happier. I still come back to this phrase now and then when I find myself in a slump (fitness or non-fitness).
This year, my word means a lot to me (and maybe, just me). It's exactly what I needed for the challenging areas of my life. God knows. My word has been there waiting for me to find it, waiting for me to acknowledge and trust it. My word has creative power. My word will be there for me when I run into mental road blocks or when I face doubt.
I encourage you to find God's word over your life this year. By doing so, you are creating an opportunity for God to do something extraordinary!