Happy New Year. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and fun, happy new years eve and day. Have you picked your resolutions, word or goals for the coming year? I love the turning of the new year. It is like closing a chapter and getting to start fresh. We do not necessarily make resolutions any more. Thankfully. It is just a recipe for disaster and setting up failure for us. After hearing about the “one word” of the year, we have taken that and ran with it. Love. At any given moment throughout the year, you can think of this word and add meaning and design. Last year, my word was cultivate. And … WOW … I cultivated a whole lot of things. But, hallelujah that is old news, learned from and FILED away!
Moving right along into 2019 we are packed and ready to declutter a whole lot, and it is going to take some major courage to do so. Hence, this years word … COURAGEOUS!
Courageous: not deterred by danger or pain; brave. Fearless. to show oneself strong; good cheer, boldness and with confidence. ~ as described by Webster’s Dictionary
As I was praying and searching and researching the word courageous, I found an article on the internet at http://www.desiringgod.org by John Piper. He states the Biblical meaning of courageous. He also elaborated and meets his thought with scripture that truly sealed the deal for my one word.
“Willingness to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost, because God promises to help you and save you on account of Christ. An act takes courage if it will likely be painful. The pain may be physical, as in war and rescue operations. Or the pain maybe mental as in confrontation and controversy. Courage is indispensable for both spreading and preserving the truth of Christ. Jesus promised that spreading the gospel would meet resistance: ‘Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name’ (Matthew 24:9) And Paul warned, that even in the church, faithfulness to the truth would be embattled: ‘I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.’ (Acts 20:29-30 and 2 Timothy 4:3-4) ~John Piper at http://www.desiringgod.org
What is your resolutions, goals and or word for the new yer? I would love to hear from you. In this coming year, we hope and pray for your family and together we can not only see a change, but make the changes necessary to draw nearer to Christ and spread the gospel in and through love, faith, hope and grace. Again, Happy New Year from our home to yours.
ALWAYS remember to CHOOSE do not FOLLOW. Cultivate what is hurting or harboring and be COURAGEOUS to make the change! Every day that God gives us is a new fresh start to begin again, and be better than the day before.