My word for 2011. The Lord keeps whispering this word in my ear. Reminding me it is about choice, attitude, looking at life through the lens of Truth instead of circumstances. And by Truth I mean the Truth of God’s Word.
This has been floating around and resonating in me since New Year’s but I still don’t have my rhythm yet this year and honestly I’m not sure when I am going to find it. So this post will not be polished but I HAVE to put this out there and document it so I can come back and remind myself.
In 2011 I WILL CHOOSE my perspective on life, circumstances and what is going on around me. I WILL CHOOSE how I respond to my children and husband and the people around me instead of reacting. I WILL CHOOSE to believe God is who He says He is and that He is able to handle what I face each day. I WILL CHOOSE wisely.
And how will I do this? For starters by fleshing out Romans 12:2
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Check out this verse in the The Message. I love it!
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
What does this look like?
When my little one wakes up sick…praising God that this will pass and choose a thankful heart for some snuggle time and the excuse to slow down for a bit.
When the car breaks down and costs a pretty penny to fix…thanking the Lord for honest men that fix it, taking time to treat them with respect and appreciation, recognizing how blessed I am to have a car and trusting the Lord to provide the finances in His way and time, not mine.
When the laundry seems endless, I can not accomplish one task because of many interruptions, my boys won’t seem to get along, and my to-do list feels unending…I will choose to laugh instead of complaining, remember to ask for and accept help if necessary and stay people oriented instead of task oriented.
So each day I will fix my eyes, attention and affections on my Jesus.
I will believe what He says and live like it.
I will put my eye to the kaleidoscope of His grace and live according to what He allows me to see.
My perspective changes when I do this…and things fall into place.