There is a small, gray, leather recliner in the left-hand corner of my bedroom. It is in this chair that I most often reflect, write, pray, and dream. For the past few weeks, I have been asking the Lord to place a word of encouragement on my heart. This word is one that I will carry with me into the New Year and ultimately into the new decade.
My word for 2020 is JOY. Now, that word may seem simplistic, but it carries a lot of weight. Over the past few years, I have come to the realization that my ability to be joyful in the midst of my circumstances – no matter how good or bad that they might seem – is a gift. To know the Lord, to worship Him with gladness, and to be truly joyful in a broken world are the things that I am striving for this year.
Now, you should know that the joy to which I am referring does not come by my own power. I cannot be a joy-filled individual without first aknowledging my need for a savior, surrendering to Him, and following Him. I cannot radiate joy to those around me without my friend Jesus at my side.
That brings me to my one and only New Year’s resolution: to draw near to God, to make Him known, and to point others toward our Heavenly home. In 2020, this is my hope.