My One Word graphic created by Traci Michelle
As I stood in the bathroom after getting dressed, I thought, I am stuffed. It was a couple of days after Christmas and I know you understand that feeling. I felt like I could feel the food in my throat although I knew it wasn’t there. These feelings came at an interesting time. I had been praying for God to help me discover my focus for the year. Something a bit different than making resolutions.
So I discovered this beautiful Greek word Pleroo – Play-ro’-o ~ to render full. To fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim. How about – to make complete in every particular, to render perfect.
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19 (ESV)
That’s what I want, what most of us want. I’m thinking that’s what we are all looking for when we use other things and people to make us feel content, satisfied – full.
As I wander through this year, I am confident that God will continue to show me, teach me how to allow Him to fill me. It would be easy to say I need to eat better. Food is such an obvious choice for me. Something tells me that the Holy Spirit will be digging around in some not so obvious ways I pour into that dark hole in my soul. If you allow it, He will be up in your business too. The only permanent filler for our emptiness is found in Him.
Author Kelly Minter discusses Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29&30) in her book, No Other Gods and the dilemma they faced. Quoting Kelly,
The point is that it doesn’t matter if you have it all and get everything your heart desires, or if you’re left wanting and unloved. Neither works. The two women had vastly different circumstances, yet both were left hungry. Why? Because God was not their ultimate thing. Good things like husbands and children and social status were the ultimate things, and in the end they were not enough. …God has created each of us uniquely and specifically. He knows the longings of our hearts. He sees our pain. He hears our cries.
So we start our new year asking God to fill us to the brim so that nothing shall be wanting. Fill us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit He desires and cause us “to abound” in the Holy Spirit’s fruits.
Jesus fill us so that we have need of nothing else.
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Tonya Willhite of Tonya Willhite Designs is blessing 3 of my readers with a beautiful custom handmade One Word for 2015 necklace. I have been wearing mine and love it! Did you pick One Word for 2015? If not, what is one of your goals for the year? Comment below. I would love to hear from you. Also, take a moment and enter below to get in the running for a necklace. There are many ways to enter so hit them all up! Thanks Tonya!