|Me with the FrEsH pErSpEcTiVe page in my Moleskine|
I believe my two words for this year are, “fresh perspective.”
Last year, “simplify” was the word and I did simplify in some tangible areas, but as 2011 ended, I realized I had done the opposite regarding my time. So, I will incorporate more confidence in saying “no” to those things where You lead me to do so. You know that can be a challenge for me. I don’t want to hurt feelings and I find it difficult to let go of my own expectations for myself and others’ expectations for me as well, but I have come to realize I am hurting my own well-being physically, spiritually, and emotionally to tackle too many things (even good things) at once.
Thank You for the clarity as I sat in church Sunday waiting for the service to begin. As I prayed silently to You for that clarification of the word “fresh” that I had talked with Rob about on the way downtown, You reminded me that I desired a freshness in lots of areas, but
what is needed is a fresh perspective.
And so, with pencil in hand and my Moleskine open to a fresh new page in a fresh new calendar/journal for a fresh new year, Your reminders poured out and I took some notes.
Here is what I wrote:
Fresh perspective on
- God’s love
- the Word
- ministry, gifts, serving
- compassion, mercy, love
Our pastor, Robert Beckum, had some words in the sermon that spoke to me as well:
- Be prepared to journey in a new/profound way
- Have a yearning and willingness to follow God’s new ways (like Abraham, like the wise men)
- The pattern for worship…open your heart and your treasure.
And so, God, I thank You for the words you gave me Sunday as I approach the year ahead with a fresh perspective. Prepare me and my heart for this year’s journey. Go before me.