It is New Year’s Eve, 2012. Almost every news article you read, news report on TV, and blog on the Internet will be about one of two things: 1) a look-back at 2012, or 2) a look ahead to 2013. Or if the writer is really good, a combination of the two. If we’re looking back at 2012, we are advised to celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes. If we look ahead to 2013, we are told to make a plan – about our career, our family, our health, our finances – any area of our life – that we feel needs to be improved. Some “experts” encourage us to make resolutions–some “experts” tell us not to make resolutions. In times past, I made resolutions – only to break them before the end of January. If I’m not determined enough to keep a resolution through the first month of the year, why bother making it to begin with?
Over the last few years, the trend has been to pray and ask God to give you a ‘word’ for the upcoming year. It can be a single ‘word’ or a “word from the Lord” – one of those “Thus saith the LORD” kinda words. So I’ve asked God for a word every December 31 for the last few years and He has always given me a word: renew, refresh, rebirth.
I believe the word for me in 2013 is “trust.”
What about you? Do you make resolutions? Or ask for a Word from God?