As this new year has begun I have been thinking and praying about what God wants me to focus on this year. Last year I felt God calling me to focus on living with anticipation.
Anticipating God’s powerful work around me.
Anticipating God’s powerful work in me.
Anticipating God’s powerful work in others.
Anticipating that God is going to do great things!
This year I feel God calling me to focus on the word SURRENDER.
I have to admit that the word surrender doesn’t make me want to jump up and down in excitement.
I am guessing this is why God wants me to focus on it.
Surrender makes me think of weakness but in reality it is actually our greatest strength, that is, if we do it in the right ways.
2 types of surrender
As I go into 2012 I want to focus on two aspects of surrender.
1. Passive surrender.
This is the acceptance of what is. Whether that might be an illness, a job loss or a crisis with our children. In passive surrender we acknowledge painful emotions (sorrow, anger).
We also let God take us through those emotions to a place where our mind and emotions will line up to accept the painful situation.
We don’t “give up” in the sense of despairing, ceasing to look for solutions or ceasing to pray. Rather, we come to a place where we trust God to meet our deepest needs, whatever happens.
This is definitely an area that God has been working on me over the last number of years and I know I still have a lot of room to grow here.
2. Active surrender.
This is the decision to take action in accord with what we believe God wants us to do, despite risks and costs.
Active surrender often involves moving from a situation that feels relatively safe to one full of unknowns.
Active surrender can be harder than passive surrender because we genuinely have the option of avoiding the tough situation. It’s easier to accept what we can’t avoid than to accept what we can avoid.
What is God calling you to focus on this year? I would love to hear about!