For the past three years, each year, God has given me a Theme of the Year. This “theme” is often a directive from God for the upcoming year and season of my life. It also embodies the central focus of my goals for that specific year. As I now look back, I can clearly see how these themes helped tell the story of how God was directing me and also what God was ultimately able to accomplish in and through me. Here are a few Themes of the Year to give you a window into where God has taken me from 2011 to now:
- “Paradigm Shift” – A change in perspective or a shift in one’s way of thinking or outlook.
In 2011, I needed a new perspective on life. I desperately desired for God to raise my personal standard for Godly living, being and doing, in every area of life. He did as much, and helped me see things a little clearer. This is the moment where God took me from simply being a Christian and being in ministry, to truly starting the journey of accomplishing all that God wanted to do in and through my life. For the first time, I realized that my life was not my own. I realized my life needed to be lived completely as Christ and for Christ, in order to accomplish His plan for my life – nothing less, nothing more.
- “Anchor” – I have an anchor for my soul – Hebrews 6:13-20.
Although I had been a follower of Christ since younger than 10 years old, in 2012, I desperately needed to know Him as my ANCHOR. I had walked with Christ, learned how to follow Him, serve Him, serve His people, walk the walk and talk the talk. But it was then that I needed an ANCHOR. I needed to know Christ as the anchor of my life… the anchor of my soul… my anchor in every situation of life – the good, the bad and the ugly. I needed to learn that whatever came my way, I had the assured hope of an ANCHOR for my soul, and the ANCHOR’S PROMISE was that he would always keep me. That promise has been sealed by the blood Christ shed on the cross. It’s that ANCHOR that got me through the darkest hour of life, as I walked through losing my dad at the beginning of 2013. I’m so glad I had an ANCHOR then. I’m so glad I have an ANCHOR now!
- “WAIT” – Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, WAIT for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:2-3
When I heard this theme from the Lord this time last year, I was a little confused. Why wait? The world is right in front of me. There are great things to accomplish, souls to save, places to go, people to see! But if I were to tell you the revelation God has given me to write down and make plain, while waiting for it’s appointed time, you wouldn’t believe me! So let’s just way I’m still in process with this one. I now wait patiently.
- 2014 Theme of the Year
God is already beginning to reveal my 2014 Theme of the Year. It’s an exciting one for me. It gives cause for a deeper and wider relationship with Christ… more time spent with Him… more time listening… praying… waiting and waiting on Him. I look forward to sharing this theme in the next week. The best is yet to come in 2014!