Each New Year’s Day my husband and I talk about how we want our year to go, what we want to happen, our wishes for that year if we could write it out for ourselves and choose what our year will be. We often make (and break) resolutions, not giving ourselves too hard of a time when we break them. But I know I can’t write out my perfect year. And I’m glad I can’t do it all on my own. That would be exhausting! I’m glad I have a God who doesn’t let me do it all on my own. I’ve heard about people choosing one word to focus on throughout the year, but I’ve never done it. This year, I’ve been inspired by and joined the movement One Word 365 in choosing a word to guide my focus back to Him. I’m still going to make some resolutions and goals (more on that soon); however, I want this one word to help me be intentional about achieving my goals with a God-centered focus.
My word: Delight.
I knew I needed a positive word. I made a list, prayer, continued brainstorming, prayed, and then kept coming back to the word DELIGHT on my list. I needed the opposite of what I often complained about last year (depression, disappointment, melancholy, sorrow, unhappiness). To choose a word meaning a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment is absolutely what I need in order to live a better year. I want to find the joy, happiness, contentment, gladness, gratification, and satisfaction that means delight in everything I do. I want to delight in my family. I want to delight in my marriage. I want to delight in motherhood. I want to delight in the little, day-to-day things. I want to delight in the big, life-changing things. I want to delight in the moment. I want to delight in Him.
My verse: Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 NLT
My initial thoughts about scripture when thinking about delight kept drawing me back to Psalm 37. It’s probably the first verse many people think of because the word delight really stands out. Then I thought, ok Chandra, you’ve picked such a cliché verse. Everyone knows this one. Dig deeper. But why skip over something just because it’s well-known? Do I even really know what this means? Hello, conviction. I had 10 semi-kid free minutes while Graydon was playing and running around the playroom, so I snuck off to the bedroom to spread out my things on the bed (out of reach of little hands) and began to research and really get into the meaning of this verse.
What does it mean to really “delight in the Lord?”
To delight is to have great joy being with someone.
This happens when we know that person well.
So to delight in the Lord, we must know Him better.
I know it’s easy to read this verse and think…Great! I get to know my Jesus better and then he’ll give me all of the stuff I ever wanted and life will be so easy. Right?! So wrong.
Taking delight means our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. We truly find our satisfaction and worth in Christ. We truly rejoice or delight in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His and we will never go unfulfilled. And that’s what I want for this year. To delight in 2015.
Did you pick a word for this year? What is it? I’d love to hear about it. I hope to continue reading the Word about my One Little Word and update periodically with more scripture.
P. S. I’m totally claiming Psalm 37:5 for our family verse this year. How very fitting that this verse immediately follows my verse for the year.
“Commit everything you do to the Lord,
Trust him, and he will help you.”