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I began contemplating My One Word for 2012 in late November, but couldn't really find one that seem to fit. Then I read an article about choosing your One Word by considering what one thing you need the most.
Well, that made it simple because the word "Hope" immediately came to mind.
Why was hope such an urgent need? Because I was finding myself entering 2012, a time of a new beginning, stressed out, burned out and honestly, without hope. Sure I had head knowledge that Jesus is my hope, but somewhere in the midst of the discouragements of life and being disappointed by others, I had lost my heart knowledge of my hope in Christ.
I was struggling to see God's hand in my life. I was overwhelmed because nothing in my life seemed to change. I was procrastinating doing things I knew I should do because I didn't think it would make a difference anyway. I felt stuck and helpless. My lack of hope had neutralized me. It was affecting me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
I wanted my hope back so I would be free from doubt, fear, discouragement, bitterness, criticism and jealousy. Not a pretty list, is it? But the by-products of hopeless are an ugly collection of emotions and attitudes.
I was ready to be free of hopeless. I believed hope was the key to things I desired in my life...a stronger faith and a deeper sense of peace, joy and contentment.
Six weeks into this year my attitude and outlook are completely different all because I chose HOPE! Choosing hope is the catalyst for change.
I'm excited to see what God does the rest of this year in my life through My One Word.