Each year, during the end of year offering, our church asks each person to pick a word for the coming year. The word should be something that they’re praying for or something that they feel is needed in their life – peace, family, rest, joy, reconciliation, etc.
And there is always a unique way we memorialize our word. Last year we had sticker dots that we put on a map around Charlotte and when it was done you could see the whole city covered with words for the year – representing all the people in the church.
This year, they gave us a jar to write our word of the year on. (The jar had some symbolism to the story of Jesus changing water to wine – check out the sermon from Dec 12/13, if you’re interested). I thought about mine for a day or so and finally came up with it. Balance.
I want a more balanced year. As I’ve mentioned so many times on my blog before, for me, it’s always too much or too little. I crowd the calendar or we do nothing. I work too much or not enough. I can easily go from easy/laidback to angry/impatient. So it’s really a good thing for me to strive for. And pray for.
I asked Dean what his word was.
He told me “furniture”.
Which isn’t a lie! He’s been pushing for a new bedroom set for us for years and I’ve always found other things to use our money for. So in 2016, I’m hoping for a year of balance… and furniture!