Each year we are faced with the tradition of "New Year's Resolutions." Sometimes we throw them out altogether and boycott the whole idea and sometimes we decide to go for it again determined this year will be "the year."
An idea that you may be familiar with is to pick one or two words for your year. These words become something you strive towards and use to remind yourself to stay on track, they sort of become your mantra for the year, if you will.
If you have been around me much, you may hear me ask "What is your word going to be for 2017?". My husband is one of those- "don't ask me, I don't care, bah humbug" types when it comes to this concept but for me, I just can't help myself! There is something about the newness and fresh feel of a new year. You can't deny the beauty in reflecting on your past year; good or bad and feeling hopeful for the upcoming year. This concept also mirrors what we find in scripture. The Lord encourages us to reflect and move forward with wisdom. We cannot know where we are headed if we are not aware of our successes or failures from our past. A verse that is written in terrible pink lipstick on my bathroom mirror reminds me of this daily...
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! - 1 Corinthians 5:17 (emphasis added)
With all that on my mind, I chose my word for 2017 to be "Present." This word to me is a verb with the motivation to 'Be Present' in everything I do. I will not let the devil play in my brain and heart, I will not worry about the future and I will not let the joy of today pass.
I WILL be Present. I will be in each moment, fully and completely and not thinking about the 1000 things I will do next. I will listen... really listen to others and most importantly to The Lord. I will enjoy each moment with Miles whether watching Mickey Mouse for the 900th time or counting to 20 for the first time and stop worrying that "it passes so fast" and that I will miss it. I will slow time down, create more and enjoy time and meals with my family and friends. I will be present in my life today, right now. Period.
With this "pick a word" thought process in mind, many of the Rev peeps selected a Giving Key with their word on it. I have some friends who literally have 5 keys on their necklace representing 5 different years in their life and each word they chose was a powerful reminder and story of that year. If you are not familiar with Giving Keys, they work to transition men and women out of homelessness in Los Angeles by employing them with employment. The keys are designed with a "pay it forward" mentality-after you feel you have accomplished or as I would like to say dominated that word, you pass it on to someone else that you feel could pull strength or inspiration from it. We love Giving Keys and their mission!
For a very limited time, we are offering custom Giving Keys for the new year! You can select the finish, chain type and the word you want to represent and spring you forward into 2017! But hurry- we are only offering this till FRIDAY, Jan 20th! Click here for all the details and to order.
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