2013 ONE WORD 1st January, 2013Posted by Scotty in Calling, Challenges, Heart.
Last year I tried something new. Instead of thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to pick one word that I would ask God to cultivate in me for the year (see my 2012 word and explanation here). I liked the simplicity and the focus on it so I decided to do the same thing this year. And so… my ONE WORD for 2013 is:
After sitting thinking that perhaps grace should be my word for 2013, I asked Monica what she thought and with only 2 seconds to process, she suggested grace. So I guess that’s the right word!
Grace has never been my strong point, both in relation to myself and others. I have always held myself to a really high standard. When I fall short of that standard I beat myself into the ground. And over the last year I realised that I secretly hold other people to that same standard. Neither of these things is good! Perfectionists, like me, don’t grasp grace! There’s no room for error in a perfectionist’s world. But God has been reminding me that Jesus Christ was the only perfect person and that He specialises in working through broken people. He has been softening my hard heart, and teaching me the importance of grace.
2012 was a tough year–a year of trial and testing. Through each trial, God has been teaching me more about my heart and much about His Grace. We have been brought to our knees on numerous occasions and it was experiencing Grace that set us back on our feet.
God has shown me that:
Grace is God’s strategy for reaching the world!
So for 2013, I’ll be asking the Holy Spirit to make me an instrument of grace. I want to grow in grace towards myself. I want to be better at receiving grace from others. And I want to be quick to extend grace to others. Just as the one who is forgiven much loves much, so the one who has received grace much should extend grace much. We want our home and our lives to be environments of Grace where the grace we’ve received can overflow from our lives to bring healing to others.
Lord, I thank you for Your Grace.