Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year, New Point of View

I'm going to be really transparent with you on this last blogging day of 2011.  I've been inspired by a couple of posts I read recently and I want share some of my thoughts.  

Eileen at The Scenic Route challenged me to examine my heart with her post The Label I am Throwing OutAs I was reading her words I began to think about what labels I may be holding onto.  I was a little surprised at how quickly God revealed the answer to me. 
I have been believing the label that says my life has no purpose.  Because my life has no purpose, then the things I do don't really matter; I am just doing them to fill a gap.  I lead worship because someone needed to do it - gap.  I take care of the house and my kids because my husband can't do it all - gap.  I write this blog to fill my time - gap.  I am the church secretary because it is needed - gap.(Ok, that one may be true)

But what if that label isn't true?  What if my life does have purpose and God has called me to do these things?  What would my life look like if I lived like I really believed that what I do matters and has purpose? 

Stefanie at UpLIFTing Words wrote about choosing a word to be her theme for the new year in her post, My One Word.  I participated in this challenge last year, but I must admit that the word I picked was more of my choosing than God's.  This year, however, I have no doubt that God has picked the word.
I think God is challenging me to see myself in a new light.  My life DOES have purpose and He wants me to FOCUS on that.  I matter to my family.  I matter to my friends.  I matter to my church.  I matter to the Kingdom, and I matter to God.

My life has purpose and I will focus on God and His direction for my life in 2012. 

Do you have any labels you need to throw off?  Have you thought about your One Word for 2012?

Many blessings,

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  1. What a great post you've closed the year with Lisa... And one that leads me to quite a few thoughts.

    I read Eileen's post as well, and was instantly hit with my label as well... Failure. It's amazing how we cling to those deep-seated poisons in our heart, when we know that in Christ they just aren't true.

    And then the "One Word" exercise... I did that for 2010 as well, and like you, I'm now sure God placed it on my heart. Mine was "Accept", and I'll be writing about that in detail sometime soon.

    I pray you and your family have a Blessed New Years!

  2. This is an awesome post, Lisa. I have a lot of thinking to do for 2012.

  3. What a wonderful post for me to read first this morning. I am afraid I too have attached labels to myself. I have been thinking about my "one word" going into 2012, but not taking it to the Father in prayer. Hopefully, He'll reveal something to me soon. I believe we all could use a little focus this coming year!

  4. "My life DOES have purpose and He wants me to FOCUS on that" Awesome, Lisa!

  5. Enjoyed both yours and Eileen's posts. My table for this yeR has been "STUCK". Lots of good things to look for in 2012 though. God bless!

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  6. Awesome post sister, focus on Him, your life DOES have purpose!!

  7. Great year end post Lisa. Eileen's post really hit me as well. And one of the labels God revealed to me is the same as yours. I've always seen myself as little Jenifer. I am nothing, a nobody. But that is just not true. I am a child of the Most High King. I was planned for, am wanted and loved.

    I also did the one word challenge last year and have been thinking about a new word for this year. Still waiting on God to reveal it to me! :)

    Have a great new year sweet sister!

  8. I also read the post about choosing your one word, I've been pondering, praying about that one. I'll let ya know when I receive it:)

    May you have a wonderful, blessed, focused, and joyful New Year!

  9. Love the labeling thought!

    Pondering your words today.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  10. You do matter Lisa!! and I love your end of the year post.
    My husband and I were talking today and he said I had to many irons in the fire and I wasn't focused (that hurt a little) but I told him that that's going to be my word for the year~~Focus!
    Blessings friend,

  11. Hi Lisa - Eileen's post certainly had me thinking as well. God is awesome in how He reveals these things to us. I want you to know that you have encouraged me much since I found your blog months ago and i am grateful to the Lord for you.
    God bless and I pray your year ahead is very blessed

  12. Thanks for your enlightening post I really enjoyed reading it. There was great wisdom in your thoughts. You do matter because I love reading your posts and feel up lifted and challenged by your ideas.
    Blessings to you as you bring in the New Year.
    I like the thought of being more focused. I will have to think of a word for me.

  13. Lisa,

    I was so inspired by Eileens post as well, this new year I am going to work on shedding that label of thinking my life has no purpose. We all matter, each and everyone one of us, but it can be so easy to get caught up this worlds point of view and what it thinks is worthy. We will work on doing this together.

    Hope you had Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.