In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. JOHN 1:1-5
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. PHILIPPIANS 1:6
I’ve been participating in PC3’s My One Word ever since Mike Ashcraft invited us all to come along for the ride in 2007. Some of my past words are: enough, still, plank (Matthew 7:4 about taking the plank out of my eye before worrying about the speck in someone else’s), release, trust and secure. As a writer, I respect the power of words. The Bible backs me up on this, as John 1:1-5 testifies to the ultimate Word, Jesus Christ.
One word that has been on my short list for many years is decisive. Oh, how I would love to be a decisive person, confidently saying “yes” or “no way” or “Thai food” when I am asked to choose something. But I have always hit the “snooze button” on that word.
As Mike reminded us last Sunday, we hit the snooze button on our faith to avoid having to change. Change is scary. If I pick decisive as my word, then I actually have to make decisions instead of deferring them to other people, delaying the choice for so long that it’s no longer there, or (worst of all) making a choice and then changing my mind.
The way I pick my words is a clue to how deeply the problem runs. Typically I will write down eight or 10 selections on scraps of paper, then let my daughter pick one out of a hat. I’ve even asked my husband and daughter ~ two extremely decisive people ~ to pick a good word for me. Wisely, they’ve refused.
This year, I had picked edify as my one word. Build people up, build God’s Kingdom. A great choice, right? Then Mike went and blew it all up on Sunday when he shared about that woman who told him she couldn’t decide between love and decisive. Mike basically said that decisive was the obvious choice. Hello, neon sign!
And so I erased edify on our kitchen chalkboard and replaced with decisive. I know God is faithful and He will help me through this year of living decisively. Already, in just two days, I’ve felt strangely empowered, as if this simple word is giving me permission to make decisions. Of course, I have the Word Himself to help me through every one of them.
- Have you picked your word for 2018?
- If you haven’t, is there a word that scares you, and if so, why?
- Do you trust God to help you live out your word these next 12 months?
Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for the power words have in our lives. Thank you that Your Son is The Word. He has the first and the last word in everything. Help us all to choose a character trait we need Your help with, and trust You to make a difference this year. We know that You are by our sides always, from 2018 to eternity. Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.