Last new year’s, I decided to do a word focus for the first time. My word was Gratitude.
I absolutely loved this. For me, this practice was so effective. Throughout the year, I didn’t have to do anything special, but moments where I needed to return to gratitude presented themselves all.the.time. (I’m a very negative person by nature.)
In fact, I’ve been practicing gratitude even in the last month, and I’m a little discombobulated now that it’s time to focus anew. (Although I pray my focus on gratitude never goes away.)
My word this year is Content.
Now this may not be the contentment you’re thinking of. This is NOT the
My life is so lousy, but oh well, I’ll be content.
I really want a new car, but instead I’ll be content.
My husband didn’t do xyz, but I’ll choose to be content anyway.
I do believe those thoughts are good choices to make, but my focus on contentment stems from something else:
It’s a true need to be fully and wholly and only satisfied in the worship of Christ.
The worship of God is all I truly need. It’s all that will fill me up. The rest of this life is a shadow of His greatness and majesty.
I crave this contentment and can only pray that I will step out of myself enough to rest in it.
Here are a couple of the Scripture I plan on focusing on for this year:
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1 Timothy 6: 6-8. ESV) Paul is speaking here about false teachers, but what he states is part of the true gospel.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13, ESV) Paul is speaking here of the physical needs he has while doing ministry.
Action steps to take right now:
- Less social media. I really love social media. One of my friends called me a social media butterfly and it’s true! The social media that leads me away from the contentment of Christ is Facebook and Instagram. Surprisingly, Pinterest doesn’t have this same effect. I plan on keeping my Facebook/Instagram use to once or twice a day but no more.
- More Biblical focus. I have finally (I think) reached the end of the up all night stage with Emma. I can get up early and read the Bible and pray. This has already re-focused my every day. I also am committing to reading one non-fiction book that is Biblically-based. Most likely a CS Lewis. Y’all are probably laughing but one non-fiction a year is really good for me!
I’d love it if you share your word focus for 2014 in the comments or on Facebook!