Who wants to erase last year’s script? Whew, I don’t know about you, but I’m glad 2017 is in the past. It was the worst year of my life. Goodness, I’ve loved until it hurt, laughed and cried and now it’s time for me to live a new life.
Maybe third time is charm. Instead of a resolution I choose a word each year. Three years ago I started this tradition but this year I intentionally chose a hard word, because life’s been hard. Two years ago my focus word was believe. Though I learned much about belief, it wasn’t what I hoped. I believed God would restore my marriage, He didn’t.
We pray so hard for the hearts of others, when maybe the miracle God wants to do is in our own lives. The truth is when God asks me to believe He can do the impossible, it’s not about what He does in others; it’s about me. It’s personal and it’s about me believing God is enough.We pray for the hearts of others when the real miracle God wants to do is in our own lives Click To Tweet
Romans 10:10, “One believes with the heart resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth resulting in salvation.” HCSB
Joy was my word for last year. Searching for joy in a season of heartbreak, I tweeted #joyhunt truths in 2017. Usually joy comes naturally to me; I feel it, write about it and speak about it, but once I committed to focus on it, joy became elusive. Like I said, life’s been hard, but it was definitely full of opportunity.
James 1:2, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” NLT
Around April I fizzled out. That’s the natural life span of my resolutions, so this year I faced tough times head on and chose a word I know will be a challenge since challenge is a theme for me anyway.
This year I chose LISTEN. Not only do I plan to listen more, I plan to listen better.
Listen to people who think differently
Listen to my friends and family
Listen to those who oppose me
Listen to wise advice
Listen to the Lord
I think God’s been trying to get my attention anyway, for a while I was silenced by vocal cord paralysis. It was pure torture, but it grew my faith in a new way. Complete dependence on God makes me complete.
James 1:3, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” HCSB
Actually, I am a good listener. Did I just hear you snort? Seriously, I hear everything you say and can repeat it back twenty years later. Wait. Maybe that makes me a good hearer. This year I need to work on making sure people feel heard.
At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel ~ Mayou Angelou
If you experienced a tough year, make sure you allow God to use it for good. I’d love to hear your resolutions or word of the year.