"a little bit more"
Verses that speak to my heart often include lists. Ones like:
~2 Peter 1:5-9
~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When I make a new year's resolution list, it usually will have categories and sub-headings... I do realize how crazy that sounds, and maybe right about now you're beginning to feel sorry for me, thinking that I'm so burdened by trying to live up to some impossible standard...
Well the thing is, I just don't see it that way.
Resolutions for me, are not something that I keep or break, start and stop. It's pursuit. It's reaching.
Maybe I am worthy of your pity, but I feel perfectly balanced when I can be content with who I am and strive, with the Lord's help, to be more.
I think that is why I feel really good about having only one item on my list this year. It comes from a book I've been reading called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Right from the beginning, I could identify with this author. So when she said that number one on her list of Twelve Personal Commandments was "Be Gretchen," it really struck me. And so perhaps is comes as no big surprise that my one resolution this year is to
I recently discovered that someone who, after getting to know me a bit, has (I'm pretty sure) decided they're not that fond of me. (gasp!) ...and ouch. And yet, it's ok. I'm tired of trying to "fit" with people - I'm not even sure that it's honouring to the Lord. When I alter my ideas or personality just to play by the rules of others, I'm not being who God has made me to be.
Let me be clear about what I'm not saying.
I'm not saying that in order to keep my resolution, I'm going to "let it all hang out" or be so completely (and offensively) "authentic" that I will be repulsive to be around. At least I hope not! :)
What I long for in my life is what God wants for me based on His Word alone. (This is why a sub-heading for my resolution is to a) learn who I am in Christ by reading the Bible from cover to cover.) I want to grow up in Him, making choices in every area of my life (parenting, home decor, ministry, fashion, marriage, friendships) based on my gifts and His strength channeled through me - NOT based on fitting in or the concern of "rocking the boat."
audience of One.
My friend preached a sermon yesterday from the book of Philippians about "Pressing On." As I looked into my favorite bible, underlined all over the place, I felt a pull toward learning this little book inside and out. And so I chose from it my verse for this year:
"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more
in knowledge and depth of insight,
so that you may be able to discern
what is best
and may be pure and blameless
until the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-
to the glory and praise of God."
What better words to strengthen and encourage me to keep my resolve!
have YOU chosen a verse for 2011?