A Word for 2019

If you could pick one word to focus on in 2019, what would it be?

A few years back our Pastor gave a New Year challenge encouraging us to consider one word to focus on for the entire year. I had felt the Lord spurring me to trust Him more in unchartered areas of my life so the word I chose was GO.

I wrote GO on my mirror as a daily reminder. It became the filter I processed thoughts through. Every time I contemplated a matter I remembered my word and choose to “go” forward with my eyes on Jesus. It was tough, but soon I became fascinated with the word. It was such a simple word and yet it stretched me in every area of life. When I faced heavy issues I found GO as an invitation to once again place trust in Christ as I proceeded forward.

What surprised me was using GO in small matters. I found myself trying little things I would have otherwise overlooked. It made a huge impact and my world expanded.

By the end of the year GO wasn’t just written on my mirror, it had become a part of me. GO was on my mind and in my heart. It also happened to be the year the Lord drew my husband and me out from one very long and sweet season to an exciting new one in another state.

The beauty and simplicity of one word can impact your life in powerful and dynamic ways.

Consider what your life would look like if one word changed it this year. What would that defining word be for you?

Pray about it and choose your one word. Root it in your heart and mind. Write it on your mirror (dry erase marker), write it on your calendar. Weave it into your vocabulary. Take an hour to write 12 simple, separate notes using your word. Seal them and open one each month.

Then, allow every area of your life to be filtered through that word. Look for Christ to magnify His will and His very self through the meaning of that word applied in your life.

Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12 (NASB)

Some starters to get you thinking:

Give                            Grow                           Legacy                        Wait

Simplify                      Forgive                        Humility          Fortify

Phonto

See The Mountain

I drive around the city, looking in the rear view mirror; the side mirror; and the front window. I want to SEE the mountain.

I’m never disappointed. It’s always there: Pike’s Peak.

I can’t seem to catch enough sight of the majestic snow-capped mountain. pikes peak - Copy

Pike’s Peak is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan’s Mount Fuji**. Standing 14,115 feet above sea level, it shadows Colorado Springs and overlooks the Garden of the Gods.

It appears as an incredible giant clothed in stone; a strong, quiet warrior broadly poised to stand watch and keep guard over the people.

The sight of the peak can take your breath away. It’s not just the altitude –it really is just that stunning.

The mountain reminds me of our relationship with God. He’s always there; larger than life, strong and unshakable. It’s a delight to steal glances throughout the day to find He really is still there.

One can go just about anywhere in town and see the mountain. Regardless of distance, height or vantage point, it’s hard not to see it. And who could tire the sight of the mammoth crests? The timeless beauty draws people from all over the world.

So it is with God.  He can be seen from anywhere …everywhere.

Any who want to see Him, need only face Him.

Once we do see Him we don’t want to turn away.

As we draw near the giant mound of granite, we realize how small we are and how immense the great heights are. We are wise to approach with as much respect as adoration.

Our approach to the Lord is not so different. His paths look steep, daunting, even dangerous. His ways often appear difficult and sometimes absurd.

Even so, His presence beckons, “Come!” “Explore.”

“Find adventure!”

“Delight in My nooks.” “Hide in My crevices.” “Drink from My streams.”

“Find My secret places. Behold My beauty…. “Experience my wonder.”

 

We all face mountains of different sorts.

How do you face a mountain? Do you keep a safe distance?

Do you accept the invitation to explore the upward ascending trails?

Maybe the mountain you face looks like anything but God.

Consider this:

What if you are called to climb that improbable mount looming before you?

It could be the very thing that will strengthen you for what lays beyond.

Perhaps you are meant to explore hidden crevices along the way. What treasures are waiting to be found? And what if part of those treasures is finding that you could go to heights you never before considered?

His ways are higher, His paths are sure. He is a refuge.

From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2

**http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/best_place_species/current_top_10/pikes_peak_.cfm