Some people call it a milestone, but I’d call it a millstone. It now takes me an extra second or two for my eyes to focus in on something that I’m reading. Others just call it ‘old age’ — I did hit 45 years of age in 2018. But there is a greater lesson I’m gleaning from this reality of life. I don’t want to settle for declining vision as I live out God’s purposes in my life each day. I suppose many Christians are prone to settling for mediocre vision, but I want to see God’s hand and God’s purposes in my life better than I have have before. Consequently, my one word for 2019 is CLARITY.
A growing number of people are adopting the “one word” approach to the new year. Instead of an impossible list of resolutions that will most likely be forgotten or broken by the end of the first month, I’m adopting the one word approach to 2019. One word is much easier to remember, and the applications are innumerable. Have you thought about the one word you could aspire for in 2019?
The word clarity compels me to be truly in sync with the Lord’s will. “You should say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that’.” (James 4:15, CSB). I’ve often declared, “God is not playing hide-and-seek with His will for you.” In fact, “Anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought…” (James 1:5, CEB).
With clarity, I won’t be tempted to fill in the blanks of what I don’t know or don’t understand with some ulterior notion or selfish ambition. Seeking His Kingdom perspective must precede any movement on my part. The key to clarity will be Isaiah 30:21, “Whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: ‘This is the way. Walk in it’.”
With clarity, I can move at the velocity that is appropriate and pleasing to the Lord without feeling rushed or antsy. Solomon once declared: “There is an advantage to wisdom over folly, like the advantage of light over darkness” (Ecclesiastes 2:13, CSB). I’m pursuing clarity this year like never before. It may take an extra moment or two to focus in on what the Lord is saying or showing me, but what a difference it will make in my life and others around me!