The year is quickly coming to a close. Conversation begins to turn to New Year Resolutions, goals, and One Word. My thoughts began to turn to my one word for 2018, which was “Focus”. In selecting the word, I shared about the selection process HERE.
My desire in 2018 was to stay focused on what God would have me to do with each day. I wanted that He be the center of my activity, the driving force in my life.
As I began to seek God for my one word for the new year, 2019, it became so obvious to me that He had been helping me to focus on Him not only throughout the year, but in particular, during the Advent season.
He had brought me to the place of preparing my heart to be prepared, and in so doing, focusing on Jesus. Advent had been front and center in my thoughts since some time in October.
In sharing with a few friends at a prayer meeting this month, I realized God had deposited my One Word for 2019 in the most unassuming way. He began gently nudging my heart towards the word, fully developing the word for me and bringing the Scriptures for 2019.
May I introduce you to my word – FRUIT.
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8, NIV)
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT)
Our lives are to be pleasing to God and this is not achieved by even our best human efforts. Only by His Spirit will this fruit be produced in our lives.
“The fruit of the Spirit is not push, drive, climb, grasp and trample. Life is more than a climb to the top of the heap.” (Richard Foster)
“Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
My One Word 2019 –
Happy New Year!