Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
I think I have it. I really do!
My word for the year? Gratitude. I even share with blogging friends, perhaps too smugly, that this is the obvious, God-declared choice.
But as the days of 2015 dwindle, and I begin to reflect upon what I need to learn in 2016, I realize I may have been too hasty in my selection. For gratefulness is something I already practice on a daily basis. It's already a lesson learned, a habit formed.
I long for a new challenge from the Lord.
But what word will embody that welcomed provocation?
Many offerings roll like waves through my thoughts: Listen; hope; courage, seek. But none stick. I'm disappointed, but not to the point where frustration leads to the end of the rope. I trust God will steer me in the right direction.
And He does. In the most unexpected (isn't that just how He works?) way.
My husband, Danny, and I are sharing a conversation, and he mentions to me a word frequently invoked by David, our former drummer in the praise band, who now lives in Texas. When something went awry unexpectedly, David's response was unilaterally, "Whatever." In other words, we'll make the best of it, no matter the unforeseen obstacle.
And in a breath, in a throw away thought, there appears my word for the year.
Because I know that, whatever happens, our Father is in control. I need not worry. I need not fret.
Not for one blessed moment.
For God is in all the "whatevers" of our lives. Making them right and turning them to His good.
And I will hinge my "whatevers" on Paul's encouraging words, and think about these things, pondering them in my heart, and living them out in my life with God's faithful guidance.
Happy New Year!
Have you chosen a guiding word for 2016?
Prayer: Father, may our whatevers turn into Your best-evers in our lives. Let us heed the words of Your servant, Paul, and think always upon those things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, and admirable. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.