my one word: 2013

seek

A brand new year is here! I always love a new year. Well, actually I love a new anything because I love change and a new year signifies just that! Out with the old and in with the new in so many ways. But this is the second year that I have been determined not to give in to the usual temptation to make all kinds of resolutions of things I want to change about myself {that I don’t keep longer than three days.}

The thing is, for the most part I feel like I’m a pretty good person with a pretty good life. Don’t we all? But pretty good isn’t good enough.  So, a brand new year usually serves as a reminder of all the things about myself and my life that I wish were different and I’d like to attempt to change.

We all have them right?

And then I realize, I’ve tried and failed to change myself more times already than I’d like to confess, only serving to add, “big fat failure” to my long list of personal inadequacies.

I’m so over trying and failing. The truth is, no matter how much willpower or discipline I am able to muster up, I can’t change anything about me or my life on my own.

So once again this year I am choosing just one word to shoot for with laser-like focus. So in mulling over which word I should pick, there were so many that I wanted to choose that fit, but only one that really gripped me.

seek

verb \ˈsēk\

transitive verb
1: to resort to : go to
2a : to go in search of : look for 

b : to try to discover
3: to ask for : request <seeks advice>
4: to try to acquire or gain : aim at <seek fame>

A few days ago I stumbled across this passage that I’ve read or heard at least a thousand times in my life

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33

This time it was the word seek that captured my attention like it really never has before. So I looked up the dictionary definition of the word. That’s when I knew that God was extending a personal invitation for me to take my own little journey to go in search of, to discover, to inquire of and yes even to resort to Him above all else this year.

Because in the end, nothing else ever really works anyway.

Seek is a verb. So it means that it’s something I must do with urgent intention. I doubt it’s possible for anyone to just happen to stumble into a deep relationship with the Creator of the Universe. And as much as I long for and am excited for the intimacy of that kind of relationship with Him, I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth if I didn’t admit that I am just a tad bit motivated by the benefits that He also brings with Him.

Lastly, I looked up other scripture with that same word and discovered that the word seek is everywhere! Here’s just a few of my favorites!

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray andseek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” – Psalm 27:8

And then I knew..

It’s no wonder I’m so over New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t work!

He just wants to me [and you] to stop looking for all that I lack in my own resolve or anywhere else, and just seek out what He has already promised is there just waiting to be found only in Him.

Seek

and find.

So, do you have a My One Word for 2013? If you do, I’d love it if you’d share it with me!  🙂

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