Some people hate New Year’s resolutions because they can never keep them. I know I won’t keep them faithfully, but I still love to make them. They give me hope.
A pastor in Wilmington, Mike Ashcraft, came up with a great way to replace those pesky resolutions. He teaches about choosing One Word to inspire the year. Click on the blue words to read about the book he wrote.
I still make my resolutions, but I also seek the One Word God has for me.
During my jog this morning (I started working on my resolutions early,) the word “persevere” came to my mind and landed in my spirit. I knew this was my word for 2014.
Last year my One Word was “pursue.” I don’t feel like I did it very well. I pursued some avenues that didn’t prove productive. I wondered if I would get a second chance with that word, but God had something better. He gave me a word that connected with last year’s. I love how He does that.
When I got home from my jog I began to search for a Bible verse that would go with my word. To my surprise, I found this scripture in Hebrews. It wasn’t the one I thought I’d find, but it fit perfectly.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:35
Did anybody else need that Word today?
Are any of you discouraged? Have you lost your confidence?
Get. It. Back.
Maybe the definition of the Greek word translated as “to persevere” will encourage you.
- Hypomone “is associated with hope (1Th 1:3) and refers to that quality of character that does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb to trial…”(Key-Word)
When I think of “perseverance” I think of gritting my teeth, clinching my fists, leaning forward bracing for the next blow. But hypomone is hopeful perseverance. This word holds its head high, smiles at the day ahead, and embraces the future because there is no doubt.
“We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance (hypomone) inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Th 1:3)
Endurance. Our society is made up of sprinters. But it’s not about how fast we get to the end of the race, it’s about running it.
If I were persevering for myself, I would be like a boxer punching at the wind. But my hope is not based on success as the world sees it. My hopeful perseverance is only based on the One who gives me breath. But I am in this world thus I have to keep on keepin’ on in what I believe God has called me to do on this planet.
There will be mockers. Doubters. Judges.
Don’t give up. Let Him use you right smack dab where He has you today. It may not be your dream job. The circumstances may be very trying, almost impossible, but He has a plan. Persevere. I’ll persevere with you with hopeful endurance.
How do you know if you’re doing God’s will? I think you know when you find joy and peace in the persevering. The fruits of the Spirit are a great litmus test.
What’s your resolution or One Word for 2014?
ps. If reading this post makes you wonder why I believe in Jesus or how I hear from God, please comment or contact me using the contact tab.