Hey there, fellow Earthling. I don’t know what your week has been like, but can you find a minute amidst the work to-do list or family visits or party prep to take a breath? Grab a hot drink. Find a quiet corner wherever you are. Make space with me to reflect on your year and think about upcoming 2014. I’m gonna share about my “one prayer” New Year’s resolution, and I’d love the company…
It is certainly cliché and oh-so-overdone to talk about fresh starts and resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but that’s for good reason. Hello… what other time is more appropriate to seriously consider past choices, proposed changes, future hopes or fantastic dreams? The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate the way our lives are going and make plans to change trajectory if needed. Which is why, of course, the web is all abuzz with the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions (complete with apps to help you keep your goal!). Oh, and then there’s these five weird New Year’s resolutions, listing things like “yarn bomb trees more often”.
I suppose we all want to find ourselves in a better place at the end of each year. But the funny thing about resolutions is that they are mostly carried out in our own strength, or that of our smart phone’s corresponding app. The New Year’s resolutions I tried in the past for a couple of years just plain disappointed me. So I knew something had to change. If I couldn’t make the alterations I wanted to see in my own life, maybe Someone could do them for me. After all, God is in the business of creating beauty out of nothing and making old things new (2 Cor. 5:17).
The Compassion International community, along with other major Christian organizations, have endorsed the “One Word” idea for several years. (Here’s an entry for this year). “One Word” is a spiritual discipline of choosing one word—noun, verb, adjective, whatever—as a promise for the year and asking God to create a theme in your life centralizing around that virtue.
The One Word idea transforms a mere resolution into a revolution. It omits the “I can do this” and interjects a much more robust “God can do this.” The difference may seem miniscule, but the results can be sweetly staggering. In a way, our life here in our tiny Shoebox is a result of a similar request.
In 2010 I took One Word one step further and chose one prayer to ask of God. Of course, I asked also for daily things but when I thought of it, I repeated the request: God, increase my faith. That was the year we became pregnant with our darling Red and downsized from our normal suburban home into this basement apartment. My faith blossomed on a path I couldn’t have picked for myself but am so grateful that we walked.
Following years’ prayers were equally revolutionizing, which is why I’m excited for what 2014 has to offer. My One Prayer for the upcoming year is Lord, give me wisdom. I sense that this is a year Caveman and I will need increased wisdom, and God has already promised to give it:
“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you.” James 1:5 (NCV)
I have no idea what is going on your life at the moment or if you even believe in God, but my guess is that maybe you are tired of powerless resolutions. Perhaps you’re ready to see a revolution headed by the One who made you and is faithful to complete the good work He started in you (Philippians 1:6).
Can I challenge you to join me in One Word or One Prayer for 2014? Let’s trust that God can create wonderful changes in the next 365 days. Already on board? Comment below and share your word or prayer, and maybe consider sharing this post with your friends.
Happy New Year, small living friends!
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