I was asking for a specific one for this next season of my life and fell to musing on the last two.
Two years ago the word was "Invitation" - which, I must say, surprised me.
It wasn't like anyone else's, and seemed, well, odd.
But oh boy! did it start me thinking differently -
It uncovered many perceptions that I was unaware of.
For example - I found there were far too many "ought to's" and "should have's" lurking in my head.
That had led to either anxiety or a striving that was exhausting
Its the easiest thing in the world to get into if you are a Christ-follower.
It's not what He wants - in fact, He tells us that if our good actions are not motivated by love, we shouldn't even bother to do them. (1 Cor 13)
But it is the way the world operates - and it is very easy to forget that Christ does not.
|This pic of Bruce Marchiano playing the role of Jesus|
captures the sense of Ínvitation' perfectly
He knew us and loved us before we ever gave Him a thought.
He can do the job without us
But nevertheless, the invitation is there to join Him, to help Him.
That changes everything to the weary soul who has caved in to the "ought to" syndrome. . .
So I was very very grateful for that word :-)
Then last year it was "Venture"
I loved that.
It sounds all daring and brave.
A beckening into adventure . . .
And I have ventured this last year -
My journal is going to be examined to refresh my memory re specifics.
I get the distinct feeling that I am not to discard the previous year's words, but rather to keep them operational, just adding the new ones to them.
Like keeping doors open in the heart . . .
Anyone else (besides Lynette - I know you have yours already) either have a new word, or waiting for one?