New Year springs out from beneath the cellophane of the 2013 calendar. It is right here and will be here for whole year!
And with the arrival of a new year comes the arrival of that annual tradition...
The New Year's Resolution.
Except that this year people (lots of whom like Jesus) are subverting this cultural behemoth.
I keep hearing of different approaches people take. In 2012 a number of folk know had a hashtag #yearofthankfulness
And this was great.
People uploading photos everyday, of something they were thankful for.
Really loved that.
But then read I @sarahbessey 's blog. I'm not even sure how I came to know aout her.
But her blog had a great suggestion. One which there is a whole online movement about.
There's a website dedicated to this idea.
Rather than choosing a resolution. The principle is to choose a word.
It could be a word you know you struggle with. Or something you lack.
But you choose the word and go with it.
Bessey chose "fearless" and for a year whenever she encountered her fears, she faced up to them.
I like the sound of this way of doing things.
So I have chosen my word.
And when you hear my word you may think it is a cop-out.
But it isn't.
My word is "prayer".
Because realise that I have in the last 18 months lost my hunger for prayer.
I have lost the emphasis of prayer in my life.
For too many reasons I have let my relationship with God fizzle out.
But this word "prayer" is my way of claiming it back.
I will seek to pray everyday. And I mean really pray.
Talk and listen.
I will write "prayer" on my heart and on my hands.
I will turn to prayer before I turn to moaning and before I head towards
Instead will pray.
Do you have a word?
What might your word be?