Tis the season for choosing a focus word for the year. I’m sure you’ve been inundated with podcasts talking about setting goals, or not setting goals, or what is a goal and what it is not, goals that sticks, goals that don’t work, etc. So I’ll let everyone else unpack goals for you, and instead I’m just going to share a bit of what’s been on my heart and what’s challenging me.
My focus word for 2018 is WONDER. I know it is kind of trendy right now, especially with the movie recently being released. But I just couldn’t shake the word, so I decided to dig into the Bible and see what it has to say about WONDER.
In this month’s podcast, I cover a bunch of verses that mention the word WONDER or something to with WONDER or the lack of WONDER in a person’s life. This concept of allowing myself to be enraptured by WONDER is hard for this Type-A who doesn’t like to slow down enough to notice what’s right in front of my face because I’m always looking and thinking ahead to what’s coming up next and how to prepare for it.
But to be in the moment. To actually notice the WONDERS going on around me. To revel in the moment and allow hope to be stirred up and expectancy to grow for the great miracles that are ahead–that’s a challenge for me.
I hope you set aside a few minutes to pull up a chair and listen in. I believe we can all use more WONDER in our lives. And when we choose to focus on WONDER, then we truly are taking care of ourselves at a soul level–a level we must NOT neglect.
Here’s a list of the verses I mentioned in this podcast. All that I quote come from the Message translation:
Jacob waking from his divine dream and realizing that He almost missed the fact that God was there with him–Genesis 28:16-17
A cynic is the opposite of a person filled with wonder–Acts 13:41
Our God is described as a “wonder-working God”–Exodus 15:10-11
Misdirected wonder is something God hates–Deuteronomy 12:29-31
“Wonder can stimulate our faith and astonish and confuse the unbelief of the world.” Kenneth Hagin, Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The natural response to WONDER is to bow to God–Psalm 103