1/5/15 – Endurance

Posted January 5, 2015

I am beginning to think that my word for the year 2015 is “endurance”. I think the realization of knowing God is helping me through each step of the way, and I am continuing to endure… is the best blessing I could receive in terms of coping with my life situation (or chronic illnesses) right now. God is helping me endure.

I may have many “down” days – physically speaking. But, I am enduring. God is giving me the strength to endure. Is there any greater gift? That should be my hope for 2015 – to endure and strive for a more lively life.

I have been reminded lately that I feel like my life is almost on hold until I get a last test back from a specialist. I can hear the echoes of my mind: “When I get this test result, then I will ____________.” Honestly, I don’t know what particularly that “I will _________” is, but I know I can (if not careful) put off living until that test result. I may get result back tomorrow. I may not get the result tomorrow. The truth of the matter is that something is always going to be going on. It is not going to miraculously stop, now that it is 2015.

My word for 2015 is endurance. I want that to be not just a part of my life, but a characteristic that I strive for. I want to continue to remember that God is my ever-present help. He will help me to endure. I don’t have to wait around until test results come back, to make decisions. If things happen and I need to rearrange plans, then okay – we will deal with that as things arise.

“Let us run with perseverance the
race marked out for us…” (see Hebrews 12:1)

It is probably uncommon to set a second word, but if I could have an additional focus as I focus on “endurance”… then it would be simply one word: crave. I want to be deeper in the Word and prayer as I focus on how God can use all this for His ultimate good and use me to help others. I want to crave a deeper walk with Christ, not allowing my so many times of lacking endurance to stop me from meeting with Him.

How are you doing? Do you have a word for 2015?