A word that will define you, teach you, and inspire you to become a better you.
Last year, I did just that. I picked one word – wait – and consciously focused on it. I learned to wait on the Lord for His word, His answer, His presence, His plans. I learned to wait and not be as impatient, as quick to respond.
When my faith was tested by fire, I waited. When I was in the midst of a storm, I waited. I will carry the word wait over into this year, because it’s something I’m still learning to do, and the only way to learn is to practice.
Wait was a good word. But now it’s time for a new word. My new word for 2014 is
The word bless, or a form thereof, is used 463 times in the KJV Bible. Bless is a verb, which means to consecrate or render holy; to give honor or glory to a divine being; to call upon the Lord to protect; to worship or adore; and to grant happiness, health, or prosperity to someone.
It’s a common word, one used nonchalantly and tossed about here and there. It’s sometimes used with an underlying tone of arrogance or disdain. But it shouldn’t. It should be a word that we use with honor and glory, because that it is what it is, what we are. Honored, cherished, protected, loved by our Savior and by our Creator.
This year my Lord bestowed the word blessed on me to remind me always that I am blessed. It’s those little things we take for granted though; the day-to-day blessings that we don’t see, don’t appreciate, don’t acknowledge.
My goal for this year is to learn to appreciate the small blessings, to be thankful and prayerful for the people in my life while I have the opportunity to do so. Whether it’s a trip to the movies with my son and nephew, a lunch out with a dear friend, or the chance to say goodbye and good luck to a favorite boss, I am blessed.