“Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.”
2 Corinthians 13: 5
I’m reading My One Word by Rachel Olsen and Mike Ashcraft. The concept is to pick a word to live by for the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions. I love this concept. I love words. I’m on board!
I need an awesome word. If I’m going to pick one word, it’s got to be the best word, the coolest word. I came across the word “Dokimazo.” Dokimazo means to examine oneself. I’m introspective and could use this word as a theme to stay on track this year. Dokimazo is a very cool word. I bet no one else picks that word! Hmmmm. Is that a good reason to pick a word? That makes me sound very pretentious. Is that what I want to sound like? Is that what I’m going for with my one word? Keep thinking!
I’ve now got a list of 27 words!
But the word God is impressing me with is a simple word. It’s the word “new.” My one word for 2013 is NEW. It’s certainly not pretentious. New is an adjective referring to something recently made, discovered, or created.
How has that come be My One Word? It’s a promise to me. I don’t have to stay the way I am. “With the power of Christ all things can be made new.” was part of Lysa Terkeurst’s status I saw on Facebook. So although “new” is a very simple word, it is packed with power and meaning to me at this time in my life. It speaks of restoration, of a fresh start, and of untracked territory!
I am 51, but with Jesus, my lease on life is NEW.
I have been married for 30 years, but with Jesus, my marriage is NEW.
I have a good education, but with Jesus, my learning is NEW.
My relationships with others is NEW. My attitude is NEW.
I am on a NEW quest in 2013. How will I be open to NEW in 2013? My goal is to look at things in a NEW way, to learn NEW things, to build NEW friendships, to serve in NEW ways, to be mindful of how God is applying NEW to my life and transforming me into His NEW creation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10 NIV)
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NLT)
Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24 NLT)
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT)
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23 NIV)