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It didn’t take long for me to discover my first hidden treasure in my one little word for 2011.
The moment I began focusing on the word I started seeing things.
Things I should know.
This is going to sound like a no-brainer to most of you but in light of my one little word , I saw this no-brainer in a different way.
To believe in anything you must anchor that belief to something or…Someone.
Yes, I know how utterly obvious this is, but let me explain…
On the glorious week between Christmas and New Years Day I was by myself walking around a favorite antique store and out of nowhere a concern over a situation in my life weaseled its way in. It took only a few seconds before a storm of worry unleashed a torrent of dark thoughts. Within minutes I went from peace to near panic.
Somewhere in the middle of my spiral, I walked by an old mirror and came face to face with my reflection. It would be a gross understatement to say that my brow was wrinkled. Gross. Understatement.
As I looked in the mirror I thought of my word…believe.
Instinctively I shot back, give me 1 good reason why.
This is my natural inclination people. I have to fight to see the good. Fight to see the glass half-full. Fight to enjoy a moment without dissecting it into 10 reasons this could be my last joyful moment on earth. I’m not kidding.
Do you see why the word believe is so profound for me? Profound but not easy.
In my next quiet time I did what so many people do when they have a deep and thought provoking question …I googled.
I googled: scriptures with the word: believe.
There a lots of them, as you would imagine. So I read and read. When I was done I thought: these are all about believing in God. Believing in Jesus. Believing in His Word. I already believe those things. I need to know how to bathe my life in in the word.
Like staring at a cloudy sky, when suddenly the sun breaks through, I got it.
To believe in anything, you must first anchor that belief to something.
For me, I believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. My Someone
As the year ahead brings me opportunity to believe when worry descends, to believe the best about someone or just believe that bad circumstances will eventually work out…I will intentionally remind myself to Whom my belief is anchored.
I told you this is fundamental. A no-brainer.
Except…I forgot to remember.
Have you had any encounters with your one little word for the year?
Love to each of you right where you are…
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