Psalm 33:22 – Let your love and steadfast kindness overshadow us continually, for we trust and we wait upon you!
It’s become kind of a trendy thing: pick a word for the year that you focus on.
Honestly, I have not really done this before. And this year, I’m not so much picking a word as choosing a phrase that I want to embody every day of the year.
Two little words that I pray will guide what I do, how I speak, what I do not say and where I see my priorities.
Here’s my two words: loving-kindness
How did I choose this? I’m glad you asked.
About a week ago, once again, these words began to settle into my heart. Words that I kept hearing over and over. Words that feel right.
Because I wish I would be more kind to each other.
I wish I would focus on where I agree with people and let the areas where I don’t agree take a backseat.
I wish I would treat others the way I want to be treated. Always.
I wish I would be more patient with others.
I wish I would be less judgmental.
I wish I would be loving first and let everything else go.
Unfortunately, I realize there have been too many times when I haven’t been loving. Or kind. Times I wish I would have chosen a different path or words or attitude. So, this year, I’m going to be more intentional. Challenge myself to put loving-kindness first in how I act; not what I do to clean up messes I have made.
I know there will be times when I will fail. And I will forgive myself and challenge myself to make different choices next time. But for now, I pray loving-kindness will become just a bit more of who I am.
What word or words would YOU like to live differently in 2022?
Lord God – Thank you for the wonderful example of loving kindness that we find in Jesus: in how he lived, the choices he made, how he treated other people. May he be my inspiration for how I live loving-kindness daily this year. Amen.
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