January 30, 2010
While I am writing the final blog before we start our My One Word journey it seems only fitting that a cheesy extreme makeover show is playing in the background (my wife is obviously in charge of the remote). Its your typical reality TV fare where we watch the ugly duckling turn into a beautiful swan. Granted, all it took was a few plastic surgeries and a couple grand spent on hair, make-up and new clothes. An eager audience is willing to watch the entire thing unfold. I have to admit, I sat and watched the whole thing as well, captivated by the drama and eager to see the end results.
Then I began to think what if they did the same type of show, only with someones spiritual life? Would we be so captivated by it? Would we find ourselves silently rooting for a complete transformation? Id like to think that we would. But, here is the thing, the opportunity for an extreme makeover is presented to us daily when we wake up, make choices throughout the day and go to sleep. Are we going to live our life out of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? By focusing on your one word youre posturing yourself for transformation to take place in your life. Those ugly places of our heart are being redeemed so they beautifully reflect Gods heart.
This is fundamentally about change. How is your life going to reflect more of God in one year than it does today? The reality is that you have no idea what is going to happen in your circumstances and no way to control it. But, your character and heart for God is a matter of faith and posture. You may not change the whole world, but you are positioning yourself through your one word to make an impact and steward the influence youve been given.
There is no television show for you to go on, no quick fix or fancy reveal. This is life. It takes faith and trust in God and the big reveal happens each time you are given the opportunity to respond to your one word and you choose the path that reflects the fruits of the spirit. Im captivated and Im ready to see your extreme makeover. With this in mind, I want to pray for your experience with My One Word by echoing Pauls prayer for the church in Ephesus:
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledgethat you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Your One Word is about change, but not just change. We hope that God will do some great things in your life and that you character will be impacted by your pursuit. Yet, life change is not about being better, but about being alive. God has promised us the very fullness of Himself as we pursue Him and surrender our lives into the work of His hands. We’d love to hear your response to the following question: How do you hope the change in your posture and focus will help you experience more fullness in your life and relationships?