Now before you start thinking that I’ve decided to spend the New Year in a Lazy boy chair watching TV all year with no ambitions, let me explain. I understand there are tangible benefits for setting measurable, realistic goals. Most of my life I was blessed to earn a good living in sales and marketing. Almost every year I was asked to comprise a list of resolutions or goals both personal and professional.
In March of last year as I was packing to move, I was alarmed by the bushels of paper and the numerous lists of resolutions from the past several years. Some made me laugh and some made me cry.(I still want to lose 30 lbs.) So currently there sits in storage enough paper to start my own landfill!
I have always been a planner and I love setting goals for myself. I was blessed to pay off my dream car early and was producer of the year on several occasions but to what end? The dream car was totaled and all my trophies sit in a bin in my sister’s garage.
Even during stroke recovery, I would try to set goals like; I want to be able to sit up in 3 months or stand up in 6 and walking within a year. I learned the hard way that there is no set time table when it comes to stroke recovery. Even my physical therapists would give me a blank, heartfelt stare when I would ask how long? What was the point of it all?
As I continue to travel this winding road of both physical and spiritual transformation, I was introduced last month via some amazing Christian bloggers about choosing a word for the year. In my mind I thought a word? Really just ONE WORD? Hmm sounds interesting. I was definitely curious.
What about the notebooks, binders, and vision statements? Not even a quarterly status report? The more I read about this I asked God to give me a word for the New Year. I admit that at first I had 3 words or rather it was more of a statement. I continued to pray as December was closing out and then it came to me…one word!
I could not believe it! I was so excited.. I asked God are you sure Lord? The more I thought about it, my mind and heart was opened to why God chose this word for me. It became as clear as the clarity of a ideal princess cut diamond! My word of the year is …..
Commit; Pledge or bind a person to a certain course. To devote, dedicate. The diamond is the ultimate sign that a commitment has taken place. I want to remember each day of the year my commitment to Christ. I am bound to Him and I want everyone that comes in contact with me see my commitment!
I have never been married and truly in love only twice but that was years ago. Now when I think of commit, I am reminded of God’s love and all He has done for me. He has shown His commitment even while I was still a lump of coal. I want to shine bright like a diamond as God continues to refine me.
I want to commit to doing my best for His glory. Asking Him how I can be of service each day and trusting His guidance. Look at this incredible promise from the one I am committing to!
Commit your work unto the Lord and your plans will be established.
So only a few days into the New Year the word commit is constantly on my mind as I think about the one I love more than anything. I want to commit all of me so that He is glorified in everything I think, say, or, do.
I know that there will be “stumbles” that may bounce me off course but I am thankful for the word that He has given me as a reminder of our love for each other. No more notebooks or pointless lists because this word is written on my heart!
Horace Williams Jr is the oldest son of a pastor who went to be with Jesus in 2020. He is an award-winning author and amateur chef who loves Jesus Christ. His passion for Christ inspires readers to draw nearer to the God who loves them.