My One Word- 2014

Yep, I’m joining the one-word bandwagon- choosing a word to dwell on for the year. At first when I heard about this concept I was a bit skeptical. How do I land on one word that could be a theme for the entire year? I have no idea what the next year might hold, I don’t know what all God might want to teach me. 

But, I have been coming back to a passage of Scripture for the last few months and out of this God gave me a word and really a goal for the year (and probably the foreseeable future): treasure

It comes from 2 Corinthians 4:6-7: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 

As I was praying for my team here several months ago, God gave me a picture of a group of cracked pots representing each of us who are serving here. My cracks-areas of weakness or struggle-are different from every one else’s. But God’s glory can (hopefully) shine brighter through our weaknesses as He reveals Himself to the Cambodian people. 

Lately I have been realizing the things that I am pursuing, the things that take up the most space in my heart and and mind, are really quite earthly. What do I most treasure? Is it Jesus? That is what I want to linger on, lean in to this year. The God who created light, who breathed life, and provides every good thing, allowed us to know Him through Jesus. The Son who was fully God humbled Himself to take on human flesh, crossing barriers and making His home in our broken world. Not because He had anything to gain, but because of a love so deep it carried him to the cross. Jesus is the treasure I want to pursue this year. 

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