Words of the year

Every year for the past 4-5 years I have come up with a word. A word to focus my heart on, a word to  grow in. I realized when preparing for 2020 that my words are usually verbs. As I reflected on that I came to a realization that has developed into my anthem for 2020. You see, the verbs I was choosing were reflective of my actions, what I could be doing. But as I prepared for the coming year I realized that this year my focus needs to be totally different. The power of the Gospel that it's really not about us, its about Jesus and what HE did for US. Not the other way around. And so I began to pray and read scripture that pointed me towards that.

A new focus

So for 2020 instead of focusing on what I want to grow in, and areas where I think I need to change. I just want to focus on God. I want to focus on the fact that without him, I am utterly helpless. I heard a teacher talking about the passage in John 10 of the Shepherd and His Flock, and he was explaining the reference of the Shepherd to the sheep. He said that generally we believe sheep to be dumb, but in fact they are actually just helpless. The example of Jesus to his people in this passage is a reminder of how helpless we are without Him, and how desperate and dependent we are on his grace morning by morning.

And so....

So this year I am choosing this whole concept. The idea of being helpless, utterly in need of a Savior. I have come to realize that I will always fall short, on my own I can do nothing. But isn't that the beauty of what Jesus brings? I know I am going to make mistakes, show my sin nature, and return to my flesh this year. I know that in the moments where I so long to be perfect and not make any mistakes, I will inevitably fail. I think our world promotes this idea that we should aspire to this perfect status and that that through our efforts we can obtain perfect moments. But Jesus came with another message. A message that reminder us just how sheepish we are, and how much we need him. So this year, I'm warning all those around me. I will fail you, but I also come with another message. When I fail you, I will seek forgiveness. When my flesh comes through and I am at the end of my rope, I will focus on letting him take over. My prayer is that through this I can be a little closer to Jesus, a little more reliant on his grace, and I can point those around me to him as well. Hallelujah and amen.


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