For the past few years, I’ve prayed and picked a verse that I would carry through each year as a sort of theme for my life. Each year as Advent arrives, I begin praying about the following year and what it may look like. My 2020 verse is Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG).
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
I want 2020 to be about God’s light–in me, through me, and reflected from me. That’s my prayer this year.