It’s so neat when that happens…
I’ve been praying about my One Word for next year. An option that came to mind, is “fearless”. So I asked God to make it clear to me if this should be the word, or to bring something else to mind. Even this morning I prayed that, and then thought, “Of course, it’s silly of me to want some kind of supernatural confirmation all the time.”
So look what was in my morning’s reading:
Jesus took our nature in Bethlehem, to die our death in Jerusalem — all that we might be fearless in our city today. Yes, fearless. Because if the biggest threat to my joy is gone, then why should I fret over the little ones? How can you say (really!), “Well, I’m not afraid to die but I’m afraid to lose my job”? No. No. Think!
If death (I said, death! — no pulse, cold, gone!) if death is no longer a fear, we’re free, really free. Free to take any risk under the sun for Christ and for love. No more enslavement to anxiety.
If the Son has set you free, you shall be free, indeed!
“Fearless” is not something one comes across that often, in morning readings!
Not that I’m a particularly fearful sort of person, but maybe that’s because there hasn’t been a lot I’m up against to make me so; or I just don’t take time to think about it.
So, looks like I already know what my One Word will be for 2020. But more about it later.
If you want the whole John Piper article, find it here. It would be good to study this article more, and make more notes.