My #oneword for 2022 is CHOICE and I’m pretty excited about it. Last year my word for the year was “Grace” and boy did I enjoy that. When I choose the word “Release” for 2020 I had no idea what was to come for me…and the world. Anyway…I’m eight weeks into CHOICE and I’m loving it. Having a focus word for the year has really proven to keep me on track with meeting my goals and making forward progress to the ultimate vision for my life.
We Always Have a Choice
I spend quite a bit of time with clients helping them identify their choices. It’s common for people who are “stuck” to feel like they have no choice. I hear it all the time. Can I tell you something? There is always a choice. Here’s the problem…you feel like you don’t have a choice because the choices you have are hard. For example…and this is an extreme example… a mother may steal food to feed her children because she feels that she has no other choice. Not true. She has the choice to not eat and die. See??? You always have a choice. When you feel like you don’t it’s usually because the choice on the other side sucks.
Decisions Precede Choices
People often use “decision” and “choice” as interchangeable. I do not. To me, a “choice” is how you live out your decisions. In the example above the mother made the decision that her children should eat. Her choice was how to get that food. For me, I’ve made a decision to follow Jesus. That’s my thing. Now, I make a bunch of choices each day to honor that decision. My selection of “choice” as my one word for 2022 is mostly about making intentional choices that bring me joy, peace, and deliver the abundant life that Jesus promised me. I mean, what’s the sense in being a disciple of Christ if I’m not going to get all the benefits? I demand my lifetime elite benefits from Marriott so why would I sleep on the eternal benefits of Christianity?
I demand my lifetime elite benefits from Marriott so why would I sleep on the eternal benefits of Christianity?
One of the most liberating passages of scripture for me is John 5:6 “When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?” (NLT) See! A choice! The man could have said, “Nah, this is all I know.”
Be Aware of Silent Choices
Who would say that? Well, probably nobody…at least not verbally. But, I have come to realize that people make a lot of silent choices. Notice the man did not say to Jesus, “I want whatever you want for me.” That’s not a choice. Besides, if you #readyourbible you will pretty much know what God wants for you in most situations. You may not know HOW he wants you to do something but you will certainly know WHAT he wants you to do. Make the choice that honors God and glorifies his presence in your life. Make the choice that leads to love, joy, peace, healing, faith, and the abundant life that Christianity promises. Does your choice lead to something excellent and praiseworthy? (Philippians 4:8)
Here’s the the thing…Sometimes the thing that leads to forward progress is a hard choice. Actually, most of the time.
I made the decision that my new season of life needed to look completely different, just like seasons of weather. Therefore, my choices align with that decision. I intentionally choose different people, places, and things now. I choose different conversations and different behaviors so that the “new season” is truly new. I made the choice to live in my birthright as a Christian… abundant life. I choose the things that bring me closer to God and I am uninterested in frivolity that simply holds space in my life.
Making New and Different Choices
Don’t be afraid to make a different choice than the one you previously made. Maybe that one worked at that time, but this is a new season and requires different choices. But Kamryn, God doesn’t change. Nope! He doesn’t change who He is or WHAT He wants for us…but HOW we follow God…the choices we make certainly change. For example… God provided water from a rock for the people to drink in the wilderness. The first time (Exodus 17) God told Moses to strike the rock with the stick to get the water out. The second time (Numbers 20) God told Moses to simply speak to the rock. You know what Moses did? He chose to do it the old way. He hit the rock…not what God said. Water still came from the rock because God promised to supply us with what we need. But, dear old Moses missed out on the abundant life that was promised.
Prior to my #oneword year of CHOICE, I’ve selected “Grace”, “Release”, “Renew”, “Go”, “Aim” and my very first one word selection, “Courage.” All of these words and my experiences with them, allow me to excel in my one word year of CHOICE. I pray you have a purposeful plan for how you’ll achieve your goals…one healthy, positive choice at a time.
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