At first glance, the word surrender seems very passive. You may even envision someone waving a white flag in defeat. Not a word you would want associated with you. However, I think we may be looking at it all wrong. What if surrender is actually active and a positive attribute?
As 2013 was drawing to a close, I began to think about my word for 2014. Rely had been my word and with my cancer surgery, a multitude of changes within our family and health issues is was such a powerful reminder for me to rely on God for all things at all times. Seeing the impact of the one word idea, I began seeking God for my word for the new year. Surrender. He just impressed upon my heart – surrender. To be honest, I wasn’t excited about that choice. I mean it wasn’t flashy, dynamic or powerful. But God began to alter my perspective on this word surrender. You see, God wasn’t telling me to enter into the new year waving a white flag and just give up. No, God wants me to surrender in 2014 to His will, His way and His plans for my life setting aside (surrendering) my plans, my desires and my will. I certainly do not know what 2014 holds for my family and me, but I am choosing to lay down my plans for something greater – God’s plans.
What is your word for 2014? If you haven’t selected one, I encourage you to spend some time with God and see what He has in mind for you.
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