In 2010, my word of the year was trust. Trusting God no matter what, even if it didn't make sense at the time. I think I did increase my trust in God that year. In 2011, my word of the year was choice. I had the choice on how I handled situations going on in my life, whether I accepted them, rejected them, lived with bitterness, joy, etc. I didn't do as well last year with choice, it was a hard year with changes made, and I failed on a lot of things I should have done better with, but I can look back in retrospect and strive harder in the future.
The word for 2012 is SEEK.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.
What things? Our needs. God knows what we need. He created us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows we need food, water, clothes, shelter. He made our bodies, he lovingly knit us together in our mothers' wombs. It does not catch him by surprise that we get hungry, thirsty, cold, warm, wet, etc.
He knew we would need food and water to sustain us. Look what he did to provide food for Moses and the Israelites in the desert. Manna from heaven, water from rocks. Or with Elijah. God provided flour and oil every single day for over three years so Elijah and the widow and her son could eat during a severe drought. (She was down to her last day's supply but Elijah told her to trust in God, share with him and she did and God provided daily the oil and flour needed).
God is more than capable in supplying our basic needs. Food water, clothes. He knows what we need.
He is telling us "Do not worry, I know you need them. Instead, seek, search for, go after what really matters. Not physical needs, but the eternal.
Seek first - above all else.
God's kingdom - knowing God, spending time with him in prayer, reading his word.
and his righteousness - holiness, difference, set apart, don't live like the world, but live for God. Be loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, merciful to all, friend or foe. Help the poor, the least, the last, the lost. Further God's kingdom and don't worry. I will provide for you. You can count on me. I keep my promise and word. Trust me".
This new year, Lord, I'm seeking first your kingdom and your righteousness. I trust you will meet my needs and I will make the choice to put you first in my life in 2012.