You might even say a resolution encased within a fistful of alphabet letters.
An easily post-able, portable, proverbial reminder of what we deem most important to personally achieve during the next 365 days.
In the spirit of resolution simplification, I decided to choose a word this year too. So on January 1, during my early morning prayer walk, I asked Papa God for a little wisdom about what my focal word for 2020 should be.
Hmm. Several flitted through my mind but none seemed quite right:
- Courageous (Gee, doesn’t everybody need to be braver?)
- Gracious (Heaven knows I need more of this, especially during in-your-face social media encounters over politics)
- Reliance (if 2019 taught me anything, it’s that I’m totally dependent on Papa God for everything)
No. Worthy words, all, but somehow not the one.
Then I looked up.
My eyes focused on the contrail of an airplane slashing the blue morning sky with a straight white line from just above my head all the way to the far, far distance, disappearing into obscuring cloud cover, its final destination hidden from view.
Acknowledge, a still, small voice whispered to my heart.
And a familiar scripture flashed before my mind’s eye like the warm smile of a dear, longtime friend: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).
As you likely already know (if you subscribe to my blog), my path for the previous 12 months has been anything but straight. Negative, confusing circumstances repeatedly threw me into a maze; more like a twisted, convoluted pretzel of left, no, right, no, turn around and try again, no, no, no! Don’t go there! Back up. Wait. Move forward even if you don’t know the way. Geesh, I’m lost. Oh, I see a path up ahead. Nope. Only a rabbit trail. More potholes. Lookout – a sinkhole is swallowing the road! Leap off the trail, into the woods. Dang. Lost again.
Wow. I could sure use a straight path. But in order to find one, the Word of God says I need to do three things:
- trust in the Lord with all my heart
- stop leaning on my own understanding, which is based on my personal experiences and perceptions and colored by my pain
- acknowledge Him in all my ways. Know God first (the root of “knowledge”). Then take action based on that knowledge. Action + knowledge = acknowledge
Acknowledge. Of course. That’s it. That’s my word.
And my quest for 2020. To actively lean on His understanding, not mine, by delving even deeper into His Word, which will allow me to discern His will; to base my actions on that knowledge and trust Him with my whole heart. This will result in a straight path. Even though I can’t see where the path ends, it’s the trail I want to be on.
Like that contrail. (Thank goodness Papa God knows I need visuals!)
So how about you, dear BBFF? Are you up for the challenge of choosing your life focal word for the upcoming year? New year. New adventures. New blessings. After all, the sky’s the limit!
Aw, c’mon, give it a go … and please share it with all of us right here in our Too Blessed to be Stressed community. There’s nothing we’d like more in the upcoming year than to acknowledge you!