It’s only a few days until the end of the year, and I don’t have my One Word for 2016 yet. I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve kind of asked God about it, but I’m not quite ready to move on from this year’s word—Renew.
Renew felt hopeful…full of possibilities. All year, it’s been my focus and I’ve been looking for ways in which God has brought about renewal in my life. Renew is a positive, uplifting word. Last year, God gave me Let Go for the year, so you can see why Renew was a breath of fresh air.
I’ve been wrestling with keeping Renew for another year or moving on. But I wonder if that’s like trying to put parameters around God’s work.
For the past four years, I’ve had a one word focus, and I’ve trusted God to identify that focus for me. So, clinging to Renew might not be the best idea. Maybe He has a better word in mind for me for the upcoming year, and if I don’t move forward, I’ll miss what He has planned.
And then I realized…it doesn’t matter. God will continue to bring about renewal, just as He always has. I just need to keep looking for it.
A One Word focus is for my benefit, not God’s. He is not bound by one word, or even two. He doesn’t need something to keep Him focused, but He knows I do.
I need the reminder that God is at work, no matter what I can see and not see.
God builds on what He teaches us, and there is always more to learn.
I am still learning to trust Him (One Word 2012), praise Him (2013), to let go of my will for His (2014), and to wait while He renews.
God is always at work. Always teaching. Refining me. Bringing me closer to Him.
I must continue to learn from Him. Listen for Him. And seek Him. Every. Single. Day.
I don’t know what my focus will be for next year, but I know there will be more lessons to learn.
…and that’s a good thing.
What’s been your One Word for 2015? Are you ready to move on to a new word for 2016?
If you’re new to this One Word movement, you can find more information here: #OneWord365.
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