photo by Laurie Caspell

Everyone has a different idea on the best way to greet the New Year. Some make resolutions or set goals. Others choose a theme verse God has led them to, or pick a focus word for the year. I have done all of the above, or none of the above, in a somewhat random fashion.  

This year, God has given me a focus word—CONSIDER. I was first intrigued in how it was used in  James 1:2 when I read it a few months back: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

Yeah right, we say, I always jump up and down for joy whenever trouble comes my way. But then, I did stop to think about the ultimate joy we experience after we have worked our way through those trials and reaped the benefits of hanging on to our faith.

The word consider means to think about, mull over, ponder. Give it some thought. I wondered how many times the word consider is used throughout the Bible. So I typed “consider” into biblegateway.com –130 scriptures came up in the NIV translation. So I printed them and have been doing a word study on it. I’m focusing only on the things we are to consider as believers (as opposed to what God considers), recording my responses to each passage. I’m learning some amazing things!

So, naturally, CONSIDER is my focus word for 2021. I’d like to invite you to join me in my pondering, thinking, and rethinking as we forge into this New Year. There is so much fear, anger, and contention in our world right now. Much of what seemed solid and reliable in 2020 has crumbled and broken. People are looking for hope—I know I am. And I am finding it in the eternal truths of God’s Word.

I hope you will consider joining me as I highlight some of my favorite passages and what I am learning from them in the next few posts.