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
- 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
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.