Dwight L. Moody is quoted as saying:
“Give me the person who says, ‘This one thing I do,’ and not ‘These fifty things I dabble in.'”
I’m not sure if a certain level of dabbling is so bad. I like to dabble and consider new things.
But if my dabbling replaces my doing, if I stay busy but not productive, I have a problem.
I’ve lost focus. And without focus, this year won’t be much different than the last.
So I’m asking myself, “What’s the one thing I feel called to accomplish this year, no matter how many other good things I happen to do?” If this one thing is realized, I will consider the year a successful one. And if it is not, I will consider the year unsuccessful, no matter what else I accomplish.
I find that to be a compelling question.
What’s your answer to this question? Is it writing a book? Launching a new ministry? Becoming a foster parent? Restoring your marriage? Losing weight? Eliminating hurry from your life? Reading the Bible (the whole thing)? Memorizing scripture? Graduating? Or starting school?
Whatever your one thing is, I encourage you to choose it and focus upon it. It certainly won’t be the only thing you accomplish this year, but it may be the most impacting and most fulfilling.
Here’s some biblical inspiration to get you thinking and praying about this:
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 3:8-9
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
I’d love to hear what you’ve discerned your one thing to be…