"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised." Psalm 113:3

Friday, December 27, 2013

Choosing a Word for the New Year


Much has been made the last few years of "choosing" a word to define your new year.  I haven't, to date, jumped onto that particular bandwagon.

But I've watched with interest as others have.

And I've thought, and prayed, and tried to listen.

And this year, I decided to try to choose a word for myself and my family, one that would remind us of what we were all about, and how we wanted to live, and what we needed to remember.

I chose "Simplify".

You may remember my disgust and outrage at myself and my way of living after reading Jen Hatmaker's 7.  (affiliate link).  We have recently sponsored a child through Compassion International in an effort to share what we have been blessed with with someone less fortunate.  (More about Isaac, our sweet little sponsoree, in a later post).  I am trying, on a daily basis, to purge and make things less outrageous here.

I'm not so good at it, judging from the amount and size of the pile under the Christmas tree.

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."  2 Corinthians 11:3

That's what I feel like--like we are being "beguiled" from spending time with Jesus, in Jesus, because of all of our "things"--material possessions, time-demanding pursuits, the chaos of daily life.

I want simplicity.

Somehow, though, that word wasn't enough by itself.  That was definitely the word I wanted.  But there was that familiar tug at the back of my brain, telling me that wasn't quite it.  There was a little bit more that I just wasn't getting.

After a few days of wrestling with that, and then finally just deciding to listen, I heard "Give".

At first glance, those words go together, don't they?  While I'm "simplifying", I can make sure to "give" to those who don't have.  After all, "and He would answer and say to them, 'The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise."  Luke 3:11

Well, that's easy.

So I think there is probably more...

And looking for Bible verses today, for this post, look what I found:

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  1 Corinthians 15:58

Hmmm.  Not so easy, right?

I'm guessing a main reason that I need to simplify my life is so that I can give myself to the work of the Lord.  His work is going to take up space--so I need to make the room.  Room in my life, room in my home, room in my heart.

Yeah.  Little bit tougher.  But I am so up for the challenge.

Again, I thought I was done with this word thing.  I picked a pretty background for my graphic, started filling it in with the two words, and then decided that it still didn't look right.

Too empty.

I needed another word.

Love.

"Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "  Matthew 22: 37-39

That kind of uses word #3 to wrap up words #1 and #2, huh?

OK.  I get it.

I'm choosing to try to live out three words this year.



Scary.

And exciting.

I think I am up for the challenge.

Do you choose words to live by in the New Year?  What did you choose?  How did you pick the words?

Take a peek at the words that my TOS Crew-Mates have chosen as their "Word of the Year".

Word for 2014

2 comments:

  1. I suppose "resigned" or "grim" would make lousy words-of-the-year, eh? Sigh.

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    1. Hee Hee. Those will be my words for February, I'm sure!

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