A clean slate. A fresh start. A blank canvas. Just waiting to be written on. What will you and I become this year, I wonder?
To be honest, I hesitate to make New Year’s resolutions because I rarely make it through January before they’re broken. Discouragement gives way to hopelessness and I wonder if I will ever resolve to do anything that costs me very much.
But this year, I was recently challenged to consider letting go of the New Year’s resolutions and instead choose “One Word” to give my attention to throughout the whole year. I was encouraged to reflect on the kind of person I want to become by the end of the year. It’s not about making external changes but internal ones.
It’s about the heart.
As I envisioned what I want to be, I began to write out heart struggles that I long to have victory over:
I want to celebrate other peoples success without wishing it was for me.
I want to be Holy Spirit-driven rather than self-driven.
I want to be an open book, with nothing to hide.
I want to be a lover of God, craving time alone with Him.
I want to embrace the life God has for me, instead of wishing I had someone else’s.
As I reflected, I discovered my one word . . . Undivided. Undivided in my love for God, undivided as a follower of Christ, undivided in my passion for Him.
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86.11
My focus and my attention, as I travel through this year will be to have a heart that is Undivided.
So what about you? Will you take up the challenge and discover your One Word to be intentional about?
What needs to change in your heart? What person do you want to become this year?
Have you been discouraged with your New Year’s resolutions in the past? Why not take some time today to discover One Word and a Scripture verse that will challenge you all throughout the year. Here’s a website that I found to be really helpful in this journey: My One Word.
May this be the year, we all look more like the Christ!