Perseverance. It’s my word for 2012.
Six (almost seven) days into the New Year and I’m just telling you now? I admit, the six days would have bothered me a mere 365 days ago, but not today, my friend. Why? Because perseverance is my word for 2012.
Perseverance. It’s being steady, persistent, purposeful, focused (and here’s my favorite part)…especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.
That’s right! I’m not letting the fact that I’m 6 days late discourage this perfectionist, “If you can’t do it right the first time, why bother?” girl!
Because no matter how organized, how together, how “spiritually mature” you are, difficult things happen. It might be big, might be small but it’ll come. Thinking “If I could just get past this…” or “When I am a little older and wiser…” is simply not productive thinking. Often the only way out is through. And so, I need perseverance.
Because wanting to follow Jesus with everything you’ve got is hard. And in light of that, God doesn’t actually ask us to change the world. (Though he often uses us to do so.) He asks us to stand firm, hold tight, remain. In other words, persevere in the faith.
Because I know God has big promises for me (and you!), but I’m not there yet. And I need to steadily, purposefully and persistently do what he’s asked me to do. Day in. day out. With joy.
So, in 2012, I’m persevering. In God’s promises, in his strength and in his joy. Because doing it on my own isn’t persevering. It’s impossible.
As you consider 2012, what will your “one word” be? What will define you this year?