New Year’s Day is just about here. A day for resolutions… Nope, not for me! Although, perhaps a few goals in life would be helpful. I know should start one in the weight loss/exercise category, but honestly, I just don’t want to talk about that!!:)
I have a good friend who inspired me to think of a theme for each year. Last year my theme was “celebrate the everyday”. I don’t know how to measure how that worked out in a practical sense, but I did think of that phrase often, and tried to notice and appreciate every day things more.
A few months ago I decided what I want to focus on this coming year. It all started with this sign I found on Pinterest:
“Four Things You Can’t Recover: The STONE after the throw. The WORD after it’s said. The OCCASION after it’s missed. The TIME after it’s gone.”
I have pondered and pondered that after I first read it. I don’t know about you, but I can say with confidence that my mouth has often landed me in a heap of trouble. Sometimes I wish I could just reverse time and hit the “Delete” button! Oh, how I long to be more careful with my words…
Words are powerful. They can tear down, shatter, and condemn.
They can build up, calm, and forgive.
I want my words to be the latter.
It all starts with the heart… for “out of the heart, the mouth speaks”…
I so want to set my heart on things that will result in building up others…encouraging them…and offering hope. … Perhaps my first goal is to try to listen more and speak less… That’s what I want to work on this year (and every year, for that matter!).
Today my friend who inspired me with this whole “theme of the year” concept came over for a coffee time chat. She shared with me her “theme”. In fact, she had it put on to a beautiful necklace that she was wearing…and then she gave me a matching one:
It seems that without meaning to, our themes “co-ordinate”!
1 Corinthians 13:13 “…Now these three remain: faith, hope and love…”
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”