I started a tradition that, every year on the 1st of January, I read last year’s entry in my journal and reflect upon the past year. I, then, write about the upcoming year and speculations as to how the year will unfold. So this year, I wrote about what I think this year will bring and such, but another thing I decided to do was add a passage as a theme for this year.
I decided on Colossians 3:1-3 which says,
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
I have many reasons as to why I chose this passage. My primary reason, though, is that I realized something in 2013: I focused a lot on earthly things (relationships, marriage, future careers, etc.). None of these things are inherently bad, but I made these things my highest pursuit and they ruled my life. I know that I will never escape sin this side of death, so I don’t expect to be perfect in anything I do. However, I do want this year to be more focused on the eternal and I want to have a kingdom perspective because, as I’ve read through Matthew, Jesus is ALWAYS focused on the Father and His kingdom. You can see that kind of mindset and attitude in literally everything He does. It would be annoying how often He is focused on just the Father and His kingdom if it weren’t exactly what we’re supposed to do.
This year, I want to be driven by the hope that God has given me. He knows what I need and so I need to surrender and trust that He will meet those needs. There will most certainly be pain, struggle, and temptation. Even though I will experience all of that, I want to see God’s glory in the face of Christ and see His loftiness and surrender to a great God who cares and loves. For there is no higher pursuit than the pursuit of God.