I like what Ann Voskamp wrote on Facebook yesterday, "Hey Soul. I know -- it's Monday. Right on the cusp of a brand new year. Can be... intimidating. There will be resolutions &plans &words for the year. Needed one...s, good ones, life-changing ones. And just maybe... the Cliff Notes version of everything boils down to one plan, one word, one commitment, just to keep whispering this over & over again: Jesus. Time with Him, keeping company with Him, walking with Him, resting in Him, living in Him, growing in Him, changing in Him, becoming like Him. It's okay... deep breath. You don't have to get overwhelmed: you only have to hold on to one thing: JESUS. And the grace of it is? *He's already holding on to you.* New Year, New You: Just Jesus.... "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17 #PreachingGospeltoMyself"
http://forthefamily.org/one-word-one-year-transformed-forever/ - great "how to" if you like this idea and are wondering how to get started, very simply
Yes, Jesus need to ultimately needs to be all of our "one word" this year. But in thinking of how He would like to direct my life this year, I've focused down onto the seemingly odd word choice of "context" for next year. Why? Several reasons, actually.
First, and foremost, it has always been my prayer to be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth," especially when I write. My dad teaches "context, context, context!" when reviewing any given verse/passage of Scripture. It has always been my goal to explore God's Word in light of the historical, cultural, linguistic and full contextual intent and experience of each human author in each specific time and place in which they have recorded God's message. And yet, two different trusted friends have called me on use of various verses apart from intended context within just a few recent weeks! I am guessing this is another new aspect of stroke brain. But whatever the reason, now that I am aware, I can't ignore the issue, especially since I'm striving to write books! This is a wake up call for me to be terribly careful. I guess I should start with the context behind all these verses:
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. - Genesis 1:14-15