Friday, February 4, 2011

Word of the Year: LIVE

I know it's 2 months into the new year and I'm just now posting this, but for some reason it's been hard for me to sit down and actually blog about it. I'm not big about New Year's resolutions, but several years ago, I heard a pastor talk about having a "word of the year." I really liked that idea and have done it off and on for the past few years.

I was trying to think about my word for 2011. There were a few that came to mind, but one just kept coming back again and again. I realized that this was my word: Live. Since my grandmother's funeral, I've been thinking a lot about living. Grief tends to do that. Her pastor talked about how she lived life and to do good, you have to fight to do it. I turn 30 in 3 months (yikes!) and have thought about how different life was in my 20's compared to what it will be in my 30's. As I was speaking at the BCM last week, I thought about how far I had come from my early 20's to now nearly 30. I was shy, insecure, wounded by grief, looking for my place and purpose, a people pleaser, scared of the future. Now, I know who I am in Christ, have a clear sense of purpose for my life, not as scared of the future as I was before.

I want to LIVE...

  • with purpose and intention
  • for the moment
  • healthy- physically, emotionally
  • loving others
  • treasuring the little moments of life
  • valuing my friendships
  • with reckless abandon to Him
  • with passion
  • with joy
  • with obedience to the Lord
  • selflessly
  • with Scripture hidden in my heart
  • a song of praise on my lips for what the Lord has done
  • without complaining (so hard at times!)
  • with hope for the future
  • giving of my time, tithe and talent
  • content

I heard this quote recently. I tried to remember who said it and tried to find it, but couldn't. I want to say it was Erma Bombeck, but not 100% sure. Anyway, it went something like this: "At the end of my life, when I find myself face to face with God, I want to be able to say, "I have nothing left to give you, I have lived all of my life for You." May I live well, loving Him all of my days.