It’s now 2015 and a new calendar has begun. It’s a blank slate with potential for new roads and new directions. It’s a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.
I’ve always loved the new year. I’m looking and planning in new directions that before I have written off as out of reach or beyond my capabilities yet with this last year of focusing on the one word of Courage.
- Courage ~ choosing to go forward when my own self-talk wants to hold back.
- Courage in stepping out of the security of my own plan to follow His.
- Courage to live differently.
Looking back over this last year, I’ve seen how this has played out. Not in ways I imagined in the beginning of the year but now being at the end, I can see how He worked. And through this working out of imperfect courage, I find myself in a new place of trusting.
This brings me to my One Word for 2015. One word that sums up who I want to be or how I want to live. One word I can focus on every day, all year-long. Instead of making an exhaustive list of resolutions, I’m choosing to focus on One Word and my chosen word ~ TRUST
I’m learning to trust Him more in this path called life. Yet trusting can be worrisome…especially for us who like to be in charge. I have a tendency to fret.
Three different times in Psalm 37 it says, “Do not fret…”
How easily I seem to drop into that mode of fretting.
I worry about details…
- Who will do what?
- How will it get done?
- Can we do that?
And I become annoyed easily…
- Why aren’t people doing as I say?
- Why is this taking so long?
- Why isn’t this done already?
Yet, God says, “Do not fret…Trust in the Lord and do good…Take delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart.”
Trust…it’s not easily done.
People have failed us in keeping their word. And sometimes, we are the ones not keeping our own word.
We have failed… others have failed us….so won’t God fail as well?
Yet God is not the same as us. He is God and not a person that He should lie or change His mind. If He says it, He does it! (Numbers 23:19)
And this is where we find our courage and confidence in moving forward into this next year.
It’s not in knowing all the right steps, but knowing the One who orders our steps.
I’m one who likes to know the steps. I like to have the plan…hold the map and see the way. I’m a really good side-seat driver.
But this is what I’ve learned… when I constantly correct the driver or point out what I think is the best way or right way, what I’m really saying is: “I don’t trust that you know what’s best!”
Trust is when I rely on the integrity, strength and ability of the One who knows the way.
- Has He given me any reason to doubt Him?
- Has He failed in following through on any of His promises?
This year, I’m not really sure of all the roads or paths, but I am trusting the One who holds the map.
This year could turn out to be quite the adventure with many turns, hills and bends in the road and I will have many times where I will fail in trusting Him, yet this is what I’m holding on to…
The Lord makes firm the steps of the ones who delight in Him; though we may stumble, we will not fall, for the Lord upholds us with His hand. (Psalm 37:23-24)
This year, I invite you to journey with me. We can learn together what this whole trusting thing looks like. And I’m believing that at the end of 2015, we will be at a better place. We will have grown together and learned to trust Him more.
If you had to pick one word for 2015, what would it be?