My friend Elaine posted something on her blog that made me think. She asked: What one word, phrase, or quote would you like to make a part of your life this year? The word Elaine picked was simplicity. You can read her post here.
As I mulled over her question, I thought of a word of my own that I would like to see in my life in 2009. Relationship.
I have dwelled on that little word all day, and it has inspired me! 🙂
I so often fall into the trap of measuring my worth by how much time I spend serving others, living a perfect life, praying, or reading God’s word. All of these are great and necessary things. But today, once again, I realize that more than ANYTHING, Jesus just wants a relationship with me. Knowing that is so liberating! It takes away the pressure to perform, to do, do, do, and sets me free to simply be myself with him.
Jesus is my friend. He likes me. He’s on my side of the fence. And he loves hanging out with me.
When I consider his character, how generous and merciful and full of grace and peace he is, I wonder why my heart draws back from him so often. Why do I pass him by so many times doing my busy-life thing?
This year, I want to turn my heart towards Jesus more often and make being with him my most important priority. It is not something I want to work at and be-labor though. When my heart is open and aware of who Jesus is and that he wants to know me even more than I want to know him, it is easy to be with him. Pure and simple.
I read in Psalm 135 today that God has chosen Israel for his own special treasure. I always apply the bible to myself, and since I believe that all believers are part of the spiritual Israel, this goes for me too. I am Jesus’ treasure. If I take that a step further and bear in mind that Jesus himself said: “Where your treasure is your heart will be also”, then I can safely assume that God’s heart is totally bent towards me! Wow. What a mind-blowingly precious thought.
I really hope that having a mindset of simply ‘hanging with Jesus’ and being in relationship with him, will create a cup-runneth-over scenario which will help to make my other relationships work better. My hubby. My kids. My extended family. My friends. My church. My students and colleagues…the list is endless. I could do with some growth in all the relationships in my life. 🙂
What about you? Is there a word or phrase or quote that sums up your hopes for 2009? Wanna share?