The Pastor mentioned a couple of weeks ago during Staff Meeting that he read a new book that placed a totally different spin on “New Year’s Resolutions”. Everyone knows that these resolutions routinely die within a short span. He challenged each of us to come up with a single word that we want to emphasis all year long. This word should assist us in becoming a more committed disciple of Christ. We should allow the word to come to us instead of forcing one from our thoughtful actions.
I came up with a word, after I contemplated the challenge and thought this is a good word for the year. But, that was not what the Pastor wanted. He wanted a word from God to intercept my thoughts, not me thinking about it and generating one, just for the satisfaction of the challenge. Before I got home that afternoon I heard a word, “Patience”. This was a strong word that just popped into my head, and before I got home I forgot the word I originally came up with.
Therefore, I decided that maybe patience should be my word. I thought about this word and why it was important for me to contemplate. Patience is a virtue, everyone has heard that. If I develop patience I also develop the ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset. Patience complements determination and peace while it transcends frustration. Biblically speaking, patience contrasts the deadly sin of wrath. Just consider Ephesians 4:2, “Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.”
Consider David in Psalm 40:1; “I waited patiently for the Lord’s help; then he listened to me and heard my cry.”
This year I strive to have more patience with my family, friends, and even people that show me no patience. My last Blog during Advent was “Love”. Look at 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud…” It appears to me that I was lead to choose patience.
Just imagine what we can do “In Community, On Mission”, if we each have a positive word for 2018. I feel I have met the Pastor’s challenge, how about you?