Well, a new year is upon us. Like many, I’ve been thinking about how I want to spend my time and resources in 2014.
I sincerely believe that focus is vital to accomplishing anything. You have to be very intentional and deliberately apply your time, attention and assets to make things happen. Otherwise, the distractions of the world will swallow it all.
The Method I’m Using to Focus
In a recent sermon at LifeChurch.tv, Pastor Craig talked about how small things make a big difference (<– click the link to watch the full sermon on YouTube). He recounted this quote which you might have heard before:
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
The point is that the smallest things, your thoughts and words, add up. Ultimately, the things you think and say become your life.
Therefore, it is exceedingly important that we DIRECT our minds instead of just letting them wander.
So, Pastor Craig challenged everyone to pick one word and an accompanying verse to focus on in 2014. I like this idea and I’ve decided to give it a shot.
The Word and Verse I Will Focus on This Year
My word for 2014 is FEED.
This might seem like a strange choice, but it means a lot to me. The basis for it really comes from John 21:17 where Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter says, “Lord, you know that I love you.” To which Jesus replies, “Feed my sheep.”
Given how well John 21:17 explains my word for the year, you’d think it would naturally be my accompanying verse. Well, it’s not. Sorry, but I just can’t let it be that simple. It’s not my way. 🙂
My verse for 2014 is:
Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many? John 6:9 NIV
Again, this might seem like an odd verse to select, but for me, it is LOADED with meaning. In fact, I’m going to spend the next several articles unpacking this verse for myself (and for you). Hopefully, it will come to mean as much to you as it does to me by the time we’re finished.
For now, I hope you can see that it at least has some relation to the word FEED.
Anyway, I’ve given this a lot of thought and I’m really excited about my word and verse. I’m confident they are going to help me focus on copying Jesus in 2014.
If you want to see examples of what others have chosen, then search for the hashtag #verse2014 on Twitter. It is pretty inspiring!