Leading up to each new year I’m asking God for His “one thing,” or theme, for my life in the coming year. He’s rarely left me guessing. I highly recommend the same prayer for you. Forget resolutions, go for theme. If you’re drawing a blank at the moment, I’ll be happy to share mine.
The following has actually been God’s theme for me since October. Everyday it’s as if the Lord has simply said to me, “Jarrod, just be faithful.” Then, this morning, I came across this: “Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (Luke 16:10 NLT). “Faithful” it is for 2015!
Here’s how I work this out: First, in 2015, where must I be faithful in the current roles in which God has placed me? They are 1) disciple, 2) husband, 3) dad, and 4) senior pastor. And in that order. What’s one place God is tapping me to be faithful in each role for 2015? After prayerful consideration, I record it for immediate viewing throughout the year.
Secondly, I reflect on 2014. Where have I been cheating myself, my family, my work, even my God? I find that these might relate to the above. Either way, I write out exactly what I’ll do to stop “cheating,” and what I’ll do instead to be faithful.
Now how about you? How have resolutions worked out for you in the past? In 2015, do you already know that “one thing”? Please share in the comments section!
If you’ve found that resolutions simply don’t work for you, go for that “one thing.” Ask the Lord for His theme for your life in the new year. Then personalize and write out how it will be worked through the roles in your life. In doing so, you’ll be assured to do that which currently matters and cosmically matters in 2015.
Happy New Year!