My One Word for 2015

Several years ago, I gave up on resolutions. I never kept them and there were always too many to really attain. The list gets so long and honestly a year is just too short. If we look at our lives with real clarity and understand how discipleship really happens, we realize that God doesn’t ask us to get it all together in a 365 day period. That’s just not how our walk with Christ operates.

ow14_250x250_custom_250x250Since I started really, prayerfully considering the one thing God wants me to focus on each year, I’ve been able to recognize God’s hand shaping my life. One Word flies in the face of the typical year end look at a long list that had more unattained than accomplished – more regret than growth.

The greatest example of this came in 2014. God moved and shaped me more in 2014 than in any year I can remember, but I don’t believe it is because 2014 is the first year He actually moved in me, but because I was actually looking for Him in a quantifiable way.

For 2015, I began to pray and seek God in where He planned to devote His energies in my life and not just where I wanted to see him move. The word the came to mind was “invest.” As I prayed and thought through it, I wasn’t satisfied that “invest” focused closely enough where God wanted to be in me in 2015. As God stretched and pulled at the word “invest,” He placed the word “devote” on my heart. “Invest” has a strong financial connotation in our culture, while “devote” is a personal, deeply relational word.

Devote: give all or a large part of one’s time or resources to (a person, activity, or cause).

In the book of Acts, we are told that the Church, “…devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” The Church gave themselves to the mission that Christ left to them. In Romans 12:10, Paul tells the church in Rome to “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Devotion is the Biblical term for personal investment. We are called to give of ourselves so that others might grow. We are asked to give ourselves fully to God. He wants our devotion to Him first and to others second. How often am I devoted to me and my agenda? How often do I devote my resources to the cause of me?

In 2015, I will seek God to become a more committed follower of Christ. I will seek God to become a more devoted husband. I will seek God to become a more devoted father to my kids. I will seek God to become a more devoted pastor, who gives time and resources to see those I lead become devoted themselves. The thing I know in all of this, is God is able and willing to lead me here.

One Word 365 – 2014

My One Word for 2014 was “New” and my prayer in choosing that word was that God would “make all things new in me” in 2014. God answered that prayer BIG TIME.

ow14_250x250_custom_250x250I got married in 2014. Gina and I have been navigating “new” for the last 8 months. It has been an amazing journey together and I don’t want to fall into ordinary. I want to continue to move and grow towards stronger, deeper and new with her.

With marriage, comes all the new you’d expect. I moved into a new community, neighborhood and home in 2014. It has been awesome to grow relationships with new family that I’ve added this year. I love my new family.

We also entered into new relationships with a small group in 2014. This group has become some of our strongest friends and where God has provided our core support system. God used these relationships to introduce us to Tony, the Campus Pastor at Austin Christian Fellowship – Brushy Creek.

This last fall, God opened a new door to a new full time ministry for me at ACFbc with Tony. Watching God move on our behalf has been truly amazing and a blessing. God answered my prayer in 2014.

Last December, I felt like God was stirring and moving in a new way and I resolved to pray for that movement in a big way and that is just what he did. I can’t wait to see what God does in 2015. I’m praying for God to lead me to pray with boldness again in this new year!