The past few Januarys, I have selected a one-word focus for the year. I post this word as the background of my phone so that I have a constant reminder of my goal. In 2013, I focused on prayer and adopted I Thessalonians 5:17 as my theme verse. That year, I strove to build my relationship with God through prayer. Philippians 4:11b became my goal for 2014: “I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” I daily noted the positive moments of my day and endeavored to be satisfied despite my situation.
As it is once again January, I have the task of choosing a new theme for the year. This is not a decision I take lightly. I do not flip open a dictionary and point to a word. Rather, I scrutinize my life, my motives, my ambitions. I discover the weak points of my walk with God, and strive to strengthen those areas.
I guess all of my shortcomings are rooted in pride. I would never say as much, but truthfully, I fail to pray because I believe that I do not need God. My discontent stems from the belief that I deserve more than I have. And (as I realized in preparation for this year), I trust my own plans above God’s divine plan.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge him, ad He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Let me be scholarly for a moment (sorry, but I am a nerd). I have diagrammed these two verses below.
Even though there are three commands for the Christian, God is the one doing all the work. The Christian is to trust (lie down helplessly), lean (rely on something other than yourself), and acknowledge (know personally). God, on the other hand, directs paths (clears obstructions and enables one to go forward). While we are helpless, he is working.
My goal for 2015 is to trust, lean, and acknowledge so that God can direct.