cre∙ate: cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
This is my one word for 2012.
Each year for the last six years I've ditched the idea of New Year's resolutions in favor of prayerfully choosing just one word to be my focus for the year. One word that represents what I most hope God will do in and through me over the months to come.
I spend the month of January choosing the word carefully. And often my word doesn't make a lot of sense to others. At least not as much sense as it makes to me. For example, last year my one word was PERPEITY. (See, I told you.) The year before that it was SLOW.
This year I've chosen the verb CREATE. It's the first verb to appear in the Bible. Chapter one, verse one. In fact, it's our first recorded act of God. Not that I'm planning to hover over dark waters and create some earth this year ... unless maybe I paint landscapes on the beach at midnight. Or I get time to write a novel - that could count as creating a world.
Actually I chose CREATE because in the last few years my heart has developed a singular mission: to create a life that is pleasing to God. My drive is to fulfill the purpose for which I was created -- for God's great pleasure. (see Revelation 4:11)
I want to create work that proclaims His fame. I want to create a home and relationships that honor Him. I want to produce faith that pleases Him. And I want to realize afresh that I came "into being as something unique that would not naturally evolve or result from ordinary processes" - that I've been made holy and set apart in Christ.
MY ONE WORD posts
Throughout 2012 I'll be doing My One Word posts here. I'll be posting on the word CREATE and how it influences anything I'm doing. I'll look at what the Bible says about it. (I love that the dictionary definition hints that there is something supernatural about the process of creating.) I'll teach on verses I'm studying in my quiet time on it. I'll also share others' insights on creating and the creative process.
And I'll reveal any struggles I encounter with my word.
I'll talk about creativity - I'm a writer after all. Yes, creativity and productivity. But also about learning to rest and be the created. Worshipping the Creator. This is ultimately about spiritual formation, which is the process of growing into the new heart Salvation creates within us.
And I'll keep you abreast of my personal creative projects. Do you promise not to laugh if I do paint on the beach at midnight and post a photo of my sloppy masterpiece?
My current creative project is a book I'm co-authoring with my pastor Mike Ashcraft on this My One Word movement. It will release December 18 with Zondervan, provided I finish creating the manuscript by March. (Now would be a really good time to pause and pray for me if you would be so kind!)
So stay tuned for more to come. And if you aren't familiar with the My One Word movement click on the image above to visit our website and learn more. Consider prayerfully choosing one word for 2012 and if you've already chosen a word, go post it on the site - I can't wait to read it!