Better late than never, I guess you could say.
I gave up on New Year’s resolutions two years ago when I heard about the “One Word” thing from a few people I love. The first year, the year of Peace, I was amazed by God’s voice, and the way He gently showed me Peace is here, it is now and available for me each day. I needed peace more than ever that year.
Last year was the year of being Faithful. It occurred to me that first weekend of 2012, being faithful will require me to say “no” to good things more often than I am comfortable. The year ended as I stood in front of my Bible study and told them, “Every time you say ‘yes’ to something, you are saying ‘no’ to something or someone else.” It’s still being ingrained in my heart and has taken me one year to simply agree with the principle in theory alone.
One thing I know and have grown to believe is God’s faithfulness is not contingent upon mine. Amen. That’s the essence of grace people.
So here we are, almost to the end of the first month of 2013 and my word for this year is Be.
In every moment of every day, I will attempt to be…
…in the moment.
…who God made me to be. I will be here and not pretend to be someone else.
…who He wants me to be. I will live with the confidence that I am not finished… God will be faithful to complete what He started.
…thankful. In all things.
…more quiet. Slow to speak.
I will listen more…
…to what God is saying.
…to what He is doing.
… to what people are really saying.
I want to BE with people where they are, not where I hope to take them.
I will BE satisfied… in Christ alone.
I will Be-lieve God.
This is my hope. This is my prayer. In each day, I will be right where I am and try so very hard not to worry about tomorrow.
Today. This. Be.
Do you have a word for the year? If so, would you share it with me?