How are your new year’s resolutions going? Have they already fallen by the wayside? That’s what happens to me if I make a resolution. It’s not that I don’t have the will, I think that a resolution feels so important and I get overwhelmed by the task—that I stop doing whatever it happens to be.
This year I am trying out a “word”—one word that will guide my actions for the year. I haven’t decided which word yet. There are so many; 171,476 words in use and 47, 156 obsolete words. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs. The rest is made up of exclamations, conjugations, propositions, suffices, and the like according to an online resource.
Perhaps what stands in the way, at least for me, is that I want the “right” word and I want to live it well, really well. What I forget is that the focus can change and I am still a work in progress. I’m learning something new all the time. Sometimes I have to flexible.
I think that is where grace enters the picture. Grace enters when I feel overwhelmed, when I can’t do something to perfection, when I forget, or when circumstances change and I have to think on my feet.
If I had to name my “word” right now faithfulness would be a top pick. Faithfulness in my calling, to my family and friends, to myself in terms of what I need to be at my best. The other would be kindness. Everybody needs a dose of kindness-from the neighbor walking their dog to the grocery store checker. Everyone needs to be acknowledged and to feel valued. God created everyone. If we have different values, opinions, religious beliefs, cultural differences, and so forth. Whatever it is that makes us different, all are made in the image of God.
Whatever word I choose or that you choose, the passage from Hosea 6:8 provides a plan. “God has made a plan to life, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously, take God seriously.” The Message