The weight that I could resolve to lose in 2016 has already been lost in 2015 (and I hope it is never found!).
The exercise regimen that I could vow to take on has been in place for months. So that's not an option-able (yes, I know that's not a word) resolution to make.
I could resolve to
write finish one of the many books I've started, but I think a more attainable goal would be to discover and put to use the tools to make my writing better, smoother, and more effective. To really get with God and discover what He wants me to write.
More than all of that, though, is something that I've been feeling for the last six months or so:
I want to have a heart that is like the heart of God. I want to love like He does. I want to feel the heart of Jesus beating in my own.
So it only made sense that when it came time to "choose my word" for 2016, it came right away:
At first, I was excited. I love to serve, to help, to encourage. Maybe that's because it's my love language (acts of service). If you're not familiar with that, then you need to read Gary Chapman's The Five Love Languages.
To have a heart that is like the heart of God? When I first prayed that, it was with a deep, deep longing, and teary eyes. But lately, I've been thinking about this. Loving like Jesus loved isn't easy. Think prostitutes, tax-collectors, adulterers, lepers, dirty fishermen, betrayers, and so on.
Loving with the heart of God means to love without conditions. I admit it: I'm judgmental. I tend to turn my nose up at certain things or certain kinds of people. I want to serve and love when it's convenient for me or when it will earn me a nice pat on the back.
In other words--loving for attention.
Yet, that's the human me. The Spirit of God in me yearns to love unconditionally. To love those who are unlovable. Who have less, or have nothing. Who are in need. Who have no one. The needy. The unloved. The lonely. The sick. The housebound. And maybe just a friend who needs a shoulder to cry on, a meal, or a ride to the doctor.
That's the heart I long to have.
Obviously, I can't serve everyone. But I can love everyone with the heart of Jesus, if I ask Him for it. And in turn, He will let me know where, when, how and who I can serve.
I'm excited about this new heart, this anticipated service to the King. I long for my heart to be softened, not hardened, as is so easy to do in these troubled times. I long for my heart to be caring, unselfish, and other-focused.
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
What about you? Do you have a "word" for 2016? I'd love to read it in the comments below.
Blessings Along the Path,
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