Saturday, January 5, 2019

M O R E

Come on...everybody's doing it.  Go ahead.  Jump on that bandwagon.  The New Year has begun to unfold...so what is going to be your WORD FOR THE YEAR?

I am not one to subscribe to all this New Year's hoopla. I don't really make official resolutions for the New Year either. Don't get me wrong, I like to dream and set goals.  I just never made a big "ta-do" about the whole thing.

But apparently "One Word for the Year" is the new black. And doggone it, this girl does like a new trend now and then. Does this ONE WORD agreement come with a new faux fur throw blanket or distressed mom jeans? Because if it does, I'm all in!

So the word on the street tells us New Year's Resolutions have one foot in the grave and are being replaced with this new phenomenon of choosing ONE WORD to describe all you want this new year to bring you.  In all honesty, I have actually chosen one word for the year in the past.  Albeit, for the life of me I can't recall what that prophetic word was?  What does that tell you about my loyal commitment to all this New Year phenomena?

So back to this "one word for the year"...Did you know there is even a website on this whole thing? 365 Forget New Year's Resolutions  provides a full tutorial to get you started. They describe it as this:

Choose just one word.
One word you can focus on every day, all year long...
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you.
It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
One word.  365 days.  A changed life.

Wow.  There's a lot of potential and promise packed into all of that.  Could it be true? And will it come with bonus mom jeans in the end?

I had no intention of choosing a "word for the year" for myself.  But it seemed information about this kept popping up everywhere and just wouldn't leave this poor, unspirited New Year's girl alone.  I even received an email encouraging me to take a quiz to determine what my ONE WORD should be.  I got suckered in, (just as easily as I was when offered to take the quiz to find out what Disney Princess I would be). Yep.  I took the ONE WORD quiz. But I disagreed with the answer they assigned me.  I couldn't claim it.  It didn't sit right. The rebel in me tossed that ONE WORD to the wind.  Bye, Felicia!  You don't own me. So I guess you could say I failed a quiz I didn't even know I could fail.

But despite my cyberworld quiz failure, it kept me pondering.  If the quiz-answer-determiner-people couldn't get it right, why was it wrong?  What ONE WORD would I actually choose for myself?  

It's January 5th.  So I've been marinating on this for a few days now.  As much as I fought to not buy into this trend, it only spurred the curiosity in me all the more.  And with much that's been stirring within me over the past year...with all the introspection that this overly introspective girl wrestles with on the daily, it just wouldn't leave me alone.  It bugged and nagged at me like an unwanted hangnail, just waiting for me to address and take care of it once and for all.  With all that marinating, a single word kept rising to the surface over and over again:

M O R E

So I seized her.  Embraced her.  Claimed her. Yep.  That's my ONE WORD.  

MORE.

There is just So. Much. More out there. And I'm not talking about more of the American Dream.  Or the accumulation of more things, or more wealth, or prestige, or status, or beautiful household goods, or a fancier more-modern wardrobe (although those last two I guiltily admit I would not be opposed to).  Those are not the things I am after.  These are not the things I am craving.  These are not the things that make my heart beat.  Or the things that drive me and light a fire within my soul.  

No, this soul is on fire.  But it's on fire for something else.  SomeOne else.  It doesn't want to make a name for herself, it wants to make His name known. To bring rightful and worthy prestige to the Keeper of her heart. It wants and seeks and yearns for more of God.

More of His Presence.
More of His power.
More of His glory.
More of His Spirit.
More of His wonder-working.
More of His revelation.
More awakening.
More truth.
More vision.
More kingdom-building.
More revival.
More enlightenment.
More understanding.
More faith.
More belief.
More promises fulfilled.
More fire.
Deeper knowledge of Him.
Increased intimacy with Him.
More fruitfulness.
More anointing.
More favor.
More opportunity.
More open doors.
More usefulness, influence, and effectiveness.
More fruition.
More victory.
Mysteries unlocked.
Expanded territory.
More of His word written on my heart.
More wisdom.
More praise.
More worship.
More thanksgiving.
More awe and reverence.
More LIFE.
A greater measure.
More of His immeasurably MORE.

THIS is the MORE I am after.  More of God Himself.  I don't want to miss a thing.  I don't want to come to the end of my life with regret.  That I had wasted my time here. That I had been too preoccupied with fleeting, unimportant, earthly things that were temporary and would wither and die. That I traded a life of true joy and great purpose to chase after a life of trivial ease and comfort.  I don't want to miss out on my calling, my potential, my destiny.  I don't want to be left feeling that I had my priorities and my perspective all skewed and distorted and messed up.  That I had missed out on the great adventure of knowing all of who God is, what He can do, who He had intended for me to be, and what He had called me to do.  The works that He had planned in advance for me to do.  The chapters and stories He had already written and couldn't wait for me to step into. I don't want to miss out on this.  I don't want to get this all wrong.

We only have this one small life to live and if I could choose one small word for this year it could only be...M O R E.

And here's the thing...as much as I joke about this whole new trend, there is some truth to it.  Proverbs 23:7 states, "As a man thinketh, so he becomes."  Our thoughts do shape us.  They do have the power to mold our lives.  What we choose to think upon does indeed influence our outcomes.  What we focus on becomes magnified in our lives. Our words and thoughts can call things into fruition.  They can change us and change the world around us.

Furthermore. Ephesians 4:23 tells us we can, "Be made new in the attitudes of our minds." And Romans 12:2 states, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds."  Transformation is birthed out of our thoughts, our minds, and our words.  So what thoughts are you telling yourself?  What words are you claiming over your life?  What are you allowing to shape your year?  To change you into all you've dreamed and resolved to be before the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2018? How will you be made new in this new year?

As for me, I enter this new year with great confidence, eagerness, zeal, anticipation, hope and assurance.  Why?  Because the things I am desiring will come to be.  God will deliver.  He will never reject a heart that yearns and asks for more of Him.  He does not withhold Himself from those who seek Him. He delights to impart and provide. It's His nature. It's His purpose. It's His desire too...that we all experience MORE of Him.

"You have not, because you ask not."
 (James 4:2-3)

"Seek Me and you will find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart."
 (Jeremiah 29:13)

"...He rewards those who earnestly seek Him."
 (Hebrews 11:6)

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." 
(Luke 11:9-10)

"Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart."
 (Proverbs 37:4)

"For whoever has will be given MORE, and he will have an abundance."
 (Matthew 13:12)

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
 (Matthew 21:22)

"You may ask Me for anything in My name and I will do it." 
 (John 14:14)

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
(James 4:8)

"I keep asking that God may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him MORE." 
(Ephesians 1:17)

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you..."
 (Ephesians 1:18)

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
 (Hebrews 11:1)

"Never be lacking in zeal; keep your spiritual fervor." 
 (Romans 12:11)

"Be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Ephesians 5:18)

"Earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual gifts." 
(1 Corinthians 14:1)

"Fan into flame the gift of God."
 (2 Timothy 1:6)

"I came to give you life, life to the full."
 (John 10:10)

"...How much MORE will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" 
(Luke 11:13)

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." 
 (Ephesians 3:20)

I know that's a lot of scripture there.  But these are truths and promises we can claim over our lives.  This is the MORE I am after.  These are the things I seek. These are the things I believe will unfold in this coming year.  As my desires come into alignment with His, He will be faithful to deliver. And I believe that as I desire, seek, and ask, I will experience this MORE.  For MORE of Him is the good life.  It is the full life.  It is the best version of myself.  And who knows, maybe He'll throw in that faux fur blanket or those distressed mom jeans afterall?
And if He does, I will just thank Him all the 
M O R E.