Along with the end of 2014 came my usual thoughts of what I could do differently in 2015. I stopped making resolutions many years ago. Now, I merely take inventory and focus on self-improvement. I like that I don’t have to wait until year-end to do this. It’s an ongoing process that is as welcome in May as in December. Last year (as in last month), was somewhat different. The words fear not came to me repeatedly. After reflecting on the times when these words applied, I finally understood them to be the Lord’s way of reminding me that there was no need to fear if I trusted in Him. Not only were they words of encouragement for last year — these words ushered me into 2015 with confidence and anticipation of a new guide-word to govern me. I tossed words around; but nothing stuck. Last week, I came across two things. One gave me my word for 2015. It is decisions. On January 2, I listened to Dr. Todd Hall share the meaning of this word for those who would lay hold of it in 2015. The second was a challenge to share the one word that would be my guide-word for the year. I thought this was a good way to keep the word before me. In each post, I’ll expound on what affects our decisions and how they shape our lives. As long as Christ is the head of my life and His will shapes my will, my decisions will be pleasing unto Him. The key is using scripture to interpret scripture. Nothing in God’s Word is open to human interpretation.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15 KJV)
Everything rests on the admonition to “. . . choose ye this day . . . ” Allowing these words to reverberate throughout our minds, we are more likely to:
- follow God’s plan for our lives
- receive grace to bear hurts and wrongs
- receive blessings beyond what we can imagine