We are easily far enough into the new year to have broken all our resolutions, but this year is a little different for me. Having spent the past 3 1/2 weeks in Wisconsin, I’ve not had the opportunity to even contemplate goals for 2021. Now that I’m home and rested and firing on all cylinders, it’s time to give it some thought. Every year, our daughter Heidi owns a singular word that challenges her to grow in a particular area. This year’s word is “intentional”, while in past years she’s chosen “forgiveness” and “grace” and “gratitude” to name a few. She creates a private Pinterest board to pin things she finds, ponders, and wants to remember regarding her word. She commits her word to prayer and reads books to broaden her understanding of it.
Rather than go through the exercise of resolving to accomplish the same goals I’ve failed at before, I’m intrigued by choosing a word. I’ve never adopted a word-of-the-year before, but one has popped into my head, and I think it is the one for me:
When it comes to possessions, it’s true that less is more. I’ve been watching Heidi embrace this philosophy of living. I was blown away by the transformation I witnessed when I stopped there on my way home from Wisconsin. By creating a space devoid of clutter and staying on top of it, her home has a peaceful vibe. While clutter breeds chaos, living with less encourages peace.
Where our stuff is concerned, less is definitely more. But when it comes to God, more is never enough. There is always more to grasp, deeper communion to drink in, unlimited grace and rest to embrace. He offers it all. A relationship with Christ is such a gift! Not only does God forgive us, he also promises to heal our brokenness and walk with us through each day.
More. I want more. I want more of God. I want to know him more. I want to commune with him more deeply. I want to commit my broken places to him for healing.
I want to be a person of peace – one who is welcoming, receiving, open to new friendships, one who listens to others, ready to serve others. In order to serve Jesus as a person of peace, I need more of him.
When we are filled to overflowing and more, sharing this amazing faith life becomes a natural part of our DNA and it is impossible to be quiet about it. I want to tell the world, one person at a time.
If more is my heart’s desire this year, this is my song.
Do you have a word for the year? Share it with us!
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! — Romans 5:17 (NIV)