My One Word for this year is CHOICE!
When the Lord brought this One Word to mind I was already set on another but this word hit me like a brick wall. A lot of my day to day misery was due to bad choices. Choosing to harbour resentments, choosing to think on people who had hurt me, choosing to think on my failures, and the list goes on.....
This word has helped me make a conscious effort to get my ducks in a row!
Firstly, I started thinking about the choices I was making! They were not lining up with God's word. It says in Phil 4 v 8 to think on good things, honourable things, etc (Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart])
I was not doing this.....
Secondly, I was not speaking positive things into my life. In Duet 30 v 19 it says CHOOSE life: (I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants)
I was not doing this.....
Thirdly, my thoughts, oh my goodness, my thoughts! They were all over the place, negative and in constant turmoil. In Romans 12 v 2 it says to renew my mind daily: (do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].)
Is it any wonder that I was constantly snappy, constantly on edge, constantly making wrong choices?
Now, I am not saying that I have overcome all the above. I am working on it. I have been spiralling into this negative mind set for a while now and fighting to keep my head above water by clinging onto the Word and the Lord has sustained me. But I wanted more than sustenance! I wanted growth, joy, deliverance and victory. One blogger I have gotten close to reminded me that the Lord ALREADY has given me victory in an area, and that I was to act on that! What a revelation that was. I have victory in an area and yet I was wallowing in the mud of negativity because, well, I was choosing to.
It is a habit. I think we all get into those bad habits. It is a habit to choose unwisely! But the consequences of those choices can really sting! My focus this year is to start making good choices. I want this deciding to make good choices to become a habit! In some areas I am succeeding. In others I am battling. But I can say with honesty that choosing has become a more deliberate thing.
My encouragement to you is to make a cuppa tea or coffee, and sit down and write down those 3 or 4 major choices you make daily that are hindering your spiritual growth and choose to start working on them. The rewards are humbling and amazing.