One Word for 2013

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Remember back in this post when I got all candid and stuff? Well, after much thought, today I’m here to share my one word for 2013, inspired by Shawni from 71toes. I really did think about this a lot. I went through several different ideas, and while some of them were good, I knew they weren’t quite the best option for me for this year.

The first idea that really stuck around for a while was Be Wise. {Yes, I know that’s two words.} I know in the coming year, I need to use more wisdom in choosing what to do with my time, how I can serve my family and friends, and how I can make myself a better person. Wisdom is good, no? But something kept telling me it just wasn’t right.

I recently read the well-known scripture from Matthew 5:14-16:

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candelstick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Now, I’ve heard and read that scripture many times over my lifetime, but this time, it stuck with me. I have been hiding under a bushel. Remember that thing I said about spending too much wasted time on the computer? That’s my bushel. That’s where I hide. My man-cave, if you will. I mean, I know sometimes we just need that time to ourselves, but moderation is key. If your light is hiding away under its bushel so much that you forget you even have light to give, it’s too much. And I had forgotten. Until I read this scripture again and had it on my mind while I thought about change.

And then the horrible massacre in Connecticut happened and I thought darkness had surely won. I could hardly bring myself to do anything at all but wonder how so much hate and horridness could even exist in a person. I was honestly paralyzed –  not by fear, but by the sheer horribleness of it all. Even now, I choke up and have to take a break as I’m writing, it aches so much. I looked about in wonder and just kept thinking “How can life still be going on?” I finally found comfort in this amazing blog post by Daring Young Mom. It just clicked for me, especially when she said “The ache is a reminder of how much work there is for me to do.”

And I thought I found my word: LIGHT.

I even had a friend tell me (without knowing any of the goings-on in my head) “You are pure light!” I don’t say that to be all like oo-look-at-me!, but because I think it was one of the tender mercies of the Lord. He knew I needed to hear something like that, even if the friend had no idea. LIGHT seemed to be it. It’s what I need to add to my family and my neighborhood and my life. It’s what I need to focus on spreading this year. So it seemed just right. Almost just right, BUT…

It’s not an action. I realized, if I’m going to have this one word to remind me and drive me to do the things I need to do and to change the things I need to change, it needs to be a verb. I’m picky like that about the English language. Then, just as quickly as I realized it wasn’t quite right, the right word came to me: SHINE. Let your light so shine before men… 

SHINE

How will I shine in the coming year? Hopefully by following this quote from Daring Young Mom’s post: “If I am part of the light, I need to commit every day to shine brighter, to love stronger.” And that, my friends, is exactly what I intend to do.

And what about you? What will you focus on in the coming year?

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  1. Pingback: My “One Word” Reminder « Less Pinning More Doing

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