What do you think about when you are choosing your word for the year?
Perhaps it is —What do I need to do better? What do I want to work on? Where do I want to see myself succeeding in life this year?
This past year, I felt like I was losing my why. What was the purpose of my writing?
What was the purpose of my social media posts, Facebook groups, and book club?
Was it becoming more for financial gain, or was it about loving people and encouraging them in their walk with God?
I realized that my purpose began with love, primarily my love for God. I can't love people if I am not loving God first. There are so many verses about loving God. Some of my favorites are:
Deuteronomy 6:5: "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
1 John 5:2: "By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments."
Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
So, what does it really mean to love God? It starts with one of the fundamental components of any relationship, communication.
How can I say I love God if I haven't talked to Him today? Have I told Him I loved Him?
Am I listening for His direction?
Tozer said, “To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.” Loving God is not something you say, and you move on. Loving God is a journey of joy.
I loved this old song as a child.
"I keep falling in love with Him, over and over, and over and over again.
I keep falling in love with Him, over and over and over and over again.
He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by,
Oh, what a love between my Lord and I,
Just keep falling in love with Him, over and over, and over and over again."
So this year, I'm falling back in love with my Lord and serving Him by loving others!