It’s become a bit of a tradition to choose a word for the New Year. This word is supposed to be one specific word to focus on all year. Honestly, I’m not big on this. It feels a little like boxing myself in. My mind goes one hundred miles an hour in a hundred different directions. How on Earth do I choose just one word to represent all that I want to embody in a whole entire year? That just seems plain impossible.
Unless, of course, God writes that word on your heart countless times over the last several weeks. It seems every time I turn around one word keeps being presented to me.
Let me get a little wordy nerdy and define it for you. According to Oxforddictionaries.com, one of the meanings of grace is “(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” It’s synonyms are: goodwill, generosity, kindness, benefaction, beneficence, and indulgence.
That definition, that deep truth behind the meaning of grace, has lodged itself in the forefront of my thoughts for weeks. It has taken up such real estate in my thoughts that I wake up at night pondering God’s unmerited favor and his constant bestowal of blessings in my life.
I’ve been thinking back to trials and struggles in my life and have been sifting through the evidence of God’s grace through it all. His goodwill, generosity, kindness, benefaction, and indulgence is overwhelming. Just focusing on finding the obvious ways that His grace has been present in every situation has caused a perspective shift in my heart and mind.
Looking for grace is simply seeing glimpses of His little gifts, evidence of His love and favor, in everything. Keeping my eyes open for it makes me humble and grateful. It keeps me attentive to God’s goodness and blessings. Hunting for grace in each moment allows me to see the hand of God at work when I might otherwise miss it entirely.
My blog has always purposed to talk about honoring God in the craziness of our lives. I truly believe that no matter how messy, how chaotic, how absolutely crazy our lives get; we can choose to honor God by the way that we live it. That’s why my little tag line has always been “Honoring Him in the Craziness of Life”.
I still firmly believe that, but I’m adding on to that thought in 2017. I’m narrowing my focus, or maybe broadening my view, depending on your thinking.
In 2017, I’m choosing to honor him by looking for evidence of His grace in every moment of this crazy life that I’ve been given.
This verse has been etched in my heart. I’m making it my focus verse in this new year. John 1:16 ESV says, “For from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.”
GRACE UPON GRACE
What a beautiful truth! I want to be more aware of His grace. I’m going to search for evidence of His grace upon grace in every situation, in every moment, in all of the craziness of my life in 2017.
If you would like to join me, my social media posts and blog will feature the hashtags #honoringhim and #graceupongrace in 2017. When you see evidences of grace, use these hashtags and share it with me. I’d love to see how you experience His grace upon grace this year!
Love and blessings!