In a nutshell you should pick a word that will be your focus or theme for the year. It should be a word that will stretch you, guide you and grow you in your Christian walk. It should take you to a greater spiritual maturity. In choosing your word I think there are three main factors that must be considered. First, pray and ask God for the word. Let him lead you to the word that will be your direction in the coming year. Secondly, I encourage you to share your word. Keeping promises and achieving goals is only obtainable when you can be held accountable. Finally, choose to truly live out the word. Make it your daily focus and commit to reviewing your progress.
My word for 2012 is "Still". Webster's defines it as: devoid of or abstaining from motion, uttering no sounds, calm or tranquil. I did turn to God for what my word should be. I had no sooner prayed and I was smacked with what it should be. I truly believe God has a sense of humor and at this appointed time he knew what I would be needing. Those that know me realize I am a Type-A personality who goes all out. i am constantly on the move-maybe not always physically but certainly in my thoughts. My mind never seems to slow down. I am a planner and an organizer. As soon as I begin to wake in the morning my brain kicks into gear and I am off to the races. Things to do! People to see! It is like a whirlwind. So, this year, I am going to try and be "still". I need to take the time to slow down and spend some quality time with friends and family. I need to be quiet and listen to the words (needs) of others. I need to to quietly listen for His words and whispers. Most of all I need to find that peace and tranquility of relaxing and enjoying life. This is not going to be an easy word for me to live out. I will ask others to hold me accountable. I am going to place reminders at home and at work. Each day I will pray to choose to live out that word.
I admit it will be a challenge to stay focused on this through out the year. However it will be my goal. Throughout the year I hope to keep you updated on my progress. Now how about you? Will you pick one word to focus on this year? Will you try to make a difference in your own life? I pray that you do and wish you blessings on a great new year! <><
Friday, December 16, 2011
If you are anything like me there always seems to be that one last minute gift that you still need to buy right before Christmas. Typically it is for that one person who is the hardest to buy for. You have put it off and are still stuck with an idea with just days left. What to do?
Allow me to offer a suggestion- Why not take a look at the Gifts of Compassion catalog. This unique Christmas catalog offers a variety of gifts that will meet real needs and can really make a difference. After all, isn't that what Christmas is truly about, making a difference? God sent His son to save us and make a difference in our lives. That is the Christmas Story.
How it works is very easy. Follow the link and take a look at the gifts. They range in price from $5.00 to $325.00. They range in variety from bibles to livestock to playgrounds. All of the gifts meet real needs and are life changing. Choose a gift in honor of "that hard to buy for person". Then once the purchase is complete you can choose from a variety of greeting cards that can be sent to your honoree. These cards can be mailed to them, printed out and given to them or even included in an email. How simple is that? It sure beats fighting the crowds in a mall. The best part of this is that it gets others involved in the ministry of Compassion. Who knows what seeds can be planted when you start with a gift like this?
This year my wife and I decided to start a new family tradition by buying a gift on behalf of our family. This June we traveled to Honduras to see our sponsored children. One of them, Jorge, has a pet chicken. Therefore we decided our gift should be a chicken. We will purchase it and then take the greeting card and hang it on our Christmas tree as a reminder. We will continue this each year.
This Christmas season whether you need a gift, want to start a tradition or just want to pass the word along about this opportunity I encourage you to visit the link and begin to make a difference.