“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."
Be a light. Be open. Be generous. Yes!!! That's what I wanted to focus on in 2015. There were days were my light shone brighter than others but having that one little word as a reminder was good for my soul.
Choosing a one little word for 2016 proved to be difficult! Many words popped up as I was thinking/praying about it but none seemed right. Some of the words that were possibilities included Perspective, Gratitude, Intentional, and Make. I strive for all those things but I was looking for something else. And, then, day by day, the same word kept creeping up and showing itself to me...
And, my one little word for 2016 is...
I love the way The Message always speaks to me! Here's my motivating verse for 2016:
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. Romans 12:1-2YES to all of that!!! So, how am I going to implement my one little word into my year? I've taken a few of the top New Year's Resolutions that people make and added a little extra ordinary to them!
*Weight Loss and Health - Being in shape and taking care of your body is super important. While working out is not my favorite way to spend my time, I'm learning that the older you get the harder it is to maintain what you had. I had been working out with a trainer a few times a week (which I absolutely LOVED) but a few things popped up and I needed to trim expenses and, sadly, that was one of the things that needed to be put on the back burner for a bit. So, how can I take care of myself in an extra ordinary way? I'll be hitting the pavement of my neighborhood with a smile on my face (and hopefully not looking like Phoebe from Friends running through Central Park!). Walking/jogging in my neighborhood might not be the most exciting workout but it's better than not working out at all!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This book had been on my radar but it just seemed overwhelming. Having a group of girls to support and encourage me along the way sounded amazing! It's a 26 week challenge and I'll be sharing my progress with you guys along the way! I want to embrace our ordinary home with a little extra love and joy!
Failure is not an option! Why? Because the only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just a little extra! Here's to a wonderful New Year with lots of little extras!
and come back Wednesday for the Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly! :)