So this year, I had a word all picked out. I thought this would be the year that I would focus on a word and let that word help motivate me to do those things which were implied by the word. My word was "FORWARD". I chose this word to help motivate me to stop living in the past. To look forward to heaven, to help my kids look forward to their futures and their relationship with Christ. I thought Forward would be a great place for me to focus instead of trying to change the things that have already happened. If you know me at all you know I often times put my foot in my mouth because I say stupid things without thinking. Well, if I could I'd just walk around with my foot in my mouth to keep me out of trouble in the first place. But obviously that's not possible. So, I thought if I focused on the word "forward" when I had those moments I wouldn't dwell on them like I normally do. But the more I got thinking about it the more I realized that when I pick "one little word" I'm immediately setting myself up for failure. And no one likes to feel like a failure.
So...I'm just going to focus on Jesus and GRACE. Because I need them all the time. I cannot live without them and even when I mess up and forget about them for a time, when I come back to the words I will not feel guilty because the nature of those words is exactly the opposite of guilt. Because there's nothing I can do apart from Christ. There's no use for me to try to remember a word and live up to its expectations. I am freed by the Gospel and Jesus has already done EVERYTHING. It is finished. Jesus did not say on the cross, "it's almost done." Nope. He said "it is finished." It has already been accomplished for me...and for you! Let's sit and savor those words for a moment. It is finished. Awesome. So, I live in grace and continue to pursue Christ as His disciple. Yes, I need reminders from time to time and I need to focus but I don't need a word or action hanging over my head waiting for me to mess up!
If you have "one little word" and would like it creatively displayed in your home so you don't forget about it I would love to hand letter it for you. I can even put a little watercolor background behind it!