Whatever it takes, we know that in order to make something different or new happen, we have to take action of one kind or another. Step out of our "comfort zone"..."get out of the boat"..."turn over a new leaf"...all types of catch phrases that denote deliberate activity to get from here to there.
I know that I want to see some new things happen in this upcoming year...positive things that will enhance my life in a meaningful way. I have some "secret" desires (don't get excited)...just some things that I hope I will be able to accomplish...but it is going to take some major effort on my part and a lot of prayer to see it through. I say "secret" because I don't want to speak it out loud just yet...I need to get my "ducks in a row" before I can take action and "go public".
It is also time to select my "One Word" for 2015....that One Word that will become the byword for my life for the year. Last year the word was "strengthen." I have decided that I want to be more careful what I ask for this year. That one was painful. Not so much in the physical sense, which is where I probably need it still...but the strengthening came in doses of excruciating emotional and mental anguish...extreme feats of growth and development that I did not bargain for. God never let me break down completely under the strain...but He sure had His hands full of a blubbering,weak, sad and weary child all too often. No, I don't want another word like that again. So I am giving it a lot of thought and prayer before I select a new "One Word". (But...didn't God know what He was doing in directing my steps to that One Word?...Yeah, He did...)
I know I have quoted this verse before, even recently , but I keep coming back to it: