January 11, 2013

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Understanding the Word

To help understand the meaning of “amplify,” consider the purpose of audio amplifiers. They aren’t about adding volume; instead, they are about control. Through control of sound, amps give extra power, which leads to more detail and better sound quality. In other words, a sound amplifier produces a more powerful and detailed version of an audio signal.

To amplify in any way involves deeper analysis and further illustration. Amplifying also means increasing in amount and strength.

As I focus on amplifying in 2013, I want to create better understanding within each of my goal areas, which I’ll talk about in Monday’s post. I want to take my time to go deeper and create more detail. I liken this to becoming an expert in fewer areas rather than a generalist in many.

With amplification in 2013, I want to expand the basic meaning and purpose of what I am already doing and give them increased depth. I want to discover more power, power that is “immeasurably more” than all I could ask or imagine, “according to His power that is at work” within me (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Already Prepared

As I meditated on and studied the word “amplify,” I realized that the Holy Spirit had been cultivating the concept in my spirit for a while already. Let me explain.

Isaiah 43:18-19 has been a sort of theme verse for me for the past three years

“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

After choosing “amplify” as my focus for 2013, I realized how well Isaiah 43:18-19 fits with that focus. When I choose to give control of my life over to my Creator, I know that I will experience increased power and depth in ways beyond what I can even imagine. In other words, He is the amplifier!

Another avenue leading toward my “amplify” focus came through a quote by Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia, The Final Battle.

“Come further up, come further in.”

Another way to say it is to go “deeper down and further out.” (I was reminded of this quote after reading If You Started a New Community, Where Would You Begin? by Tom Tarver at A Curious Band of Others.)

My accountability partner and I have been talking a lot these past few months about application of “deeper down and further out,” which I now realizes can be summed up in one word – “amplify.”

So really, I started to “amplify” about halfway through 2012 but didn’t realize it until participating in my family’s annual goal setting. God prepared my heart for this focus, and His timing remains perfect.

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What’s next?

On Monday, I will go into more detail on how I plan to integrate “amplify” into different goal areas for 2013.

For what it’s worth, I had no idea when writing Vacation Reflections: Resolutions that I would be writing today’s post going into details on the meaning behind “amplify.” I also had no idea before writing this post that I would decide to continue the topic in “How to… Amplify” in my next post.

Perhaps that illustrates well part of the process to “amplify” as I allow the Holy Spirit more control. In that, I realize that to “amplify” for me involves increasingly more of Him and less of me as 2013 progresses (John 3:30).

DISCUSSION: What are your thoughts on the word “amplify”? 

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11 Responses to “Amplify”

  1. tnealtarver Says:

    Kari, your reference to "deeper down and further out" humbles me. It's amazing how a message gets "amplified" through the thoughts and words of others, how God uses each of us to "amplify" His message to all of us. Your 2013 journey to amplify the Holy Spirit's influence in your life and, through your example, in the life of others has begun well. God bless you as you travel with Him this year and as you share your journey with the rest of us.

    • Kari Scare Says:

      You have opened up the "amplify" focus for me once again. I hadn't connected it with amplifying the thoughts and words of others, but that definitely fits. I am excited about this focus in 2013… You're the first comment on this, and I already have new ideas I didn't have before. I love how God runs with something once we commit to it!

  2. I think goals are all about getting a vision in your mind that you strive towards – so it seems like your one word for this year has really done that for you. The issue I see with these one-word goals is often that the goal is amorphous and people don't really understand exactly what they want from their goal. But I think you've done a good job of unpacking it here.

    • Kari Scare Says:

      I completely agree with goals being about getting a vision and about the potential problem with the One Word 365 approach. Because goal setting has not been as effective as I would like in my life and because I tend to feel stifled when I try to prescribe and control too much, I am trying very hard to be Holy Spirit led on this. In that, I hear His voice through your comment encouraging a determination to understand fully what I expect "amplify" to do in my life without stifling how He wants it done. Thank you for encouraging that clarity.

  3. Mary Mccauley Says:

    I love your choice Kari! As always you give me more to think about and reflect on. Good job. When I read your word I though about the Amplified New Testament I once had. And your description fits that, for it expands on a word, a thought, what is being said. I look forward to listening as you expand on this.__

    • Kari Scare Says:

      Thanks, Mary. The more I focus on the word and pray about it, the more the Holy Spirit shows me about its application. Just one confirmation after another of making the right choice in my focus for 2013. Keep your input coming, too. Very helpful & encouraging!

  4. Mark Allman Says:

    I like the word Amlify a lot. I like the direction you are heading with it. I love the value in digging deep into something. Digging where others care not to go. To do things with such intensity and deep understanding is great. I love the quote by Henry David Thoreau where he said "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." We need to do what you are doing. To dive deep; to dive long; to dive with a plan; to dive and search; to dive and learn; to dive and bring back treasure to share.

    • Kari Scare Says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! Thanks for the thoughts on it too… I was waiting to hear from you on this, Mark. Am considering an "amplify journal" but am not clear on how I want to do it yet. As always, I welcome your input. I want it to be different than a typical journal & possibly geared toward book content. And, my perfectionism is flaring up on this too.

      • Mark Allman Says:

        Maybe journal by subject or goal instead of date and the entry may go in more than one spot. 🙂 Copy and Paste… I read somewhere that whoever invented copy and paste needs a big award for all the time it saves.

        • Kari Scare Says:

          Thanks for the ideas! I started the journal today and am letting the Spirit lead, desperately trying not to be a perfectionist in this. I have balanced my perfectionism a lot these past few years, but I am seeing it as an area needing amplifying. About copy and paste, I agree. And using "ctrl c" and then "ctrl v" will "amplify" it for some people.

  5. […] whole focused on taking what’s working well and making it better. (You can read more about it in Amplify, How to… Amplify and Vacation Reflections: Resolutions.) Not only did this change my approach […]

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