A year ago, I launched out into the deep and began “Walking in the Way.” I’m not sure it has completely met my expectations or yours, but I’m experimenting and learning, and that counts for something, at least. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” So, I began, and I’m happy with completing this first year.
I also decided on a key phrase for last year. Truthfully, it has helped to ground my thinking through the year. 2019’s phrase was “Trusting God through the labyrinth.” At the time I decided on it, I had no idea how convoluted a path we would travel. 2019 was a good year, but we were faced with some unanticipated turns and changes in our lives, some real challenges, and different jobs. We also had many blessings. Indeed, God proved Himself faithful every single day.
This New Year 2020, I am thinking about a new theme for the year. It’s one word:
I need to keep first things first—spending more time, energy, and prioritizing worship—praising, adoring, and keeping a correct perspective. My focus needs tweaking: more Bible, more getting to know my Lord, and definitely more true worship.
How about yours? I’m guessing we can all use a spiritual retuning in some area.
My husband and I are in one of the most uncertain phases of our lives: an overseas transition. We’ve had our house in Spain on the market since July, and exactly one person has come to see it. So, we have no idea when our house will sell and when we will be making our move. It might be in 2020—and maybe not. God knows, and we will rest in His best plan for us.
Also, we’ve faced some health challenges we didn’t expect. (Who does?) No one knows what the future holds. Thankfully, the Lord is sovereign, and He allows what He wills in our lives.
In the Bible, we read about invitations to worship Christ.* At Jesus’ birth, angels, shepherds, and wise men were called to worship Jesus. Simeon and Anna worshiped Him.
True believers are called to worship Jesus. Sinners are called to repentance and worship. Every nation will be gathered before the King of kings—and every knee will bow before Him.
Jesus said, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
I want to worship in spirit and truth.
Do you have a theme word or phrase for 2020? Please consider sharing.