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First of all, I want to make it clear that I am not trying to sound uber-spiritual or profound by choosing the word “serve” for my One Word for 2014. Trust me, I am far from being near as spiritual (or profound) as I would love to be. I’m way too human for my own good, in fact, which is part of the reason I have chosen this word to base my year upon. I want to get back to basics, and to fully humble myself I need to serve.
The word serve has very many meanings. Just go to your favorite dictionary and you’ll see. All but a few are what I would like to do or be this year. (I could do without being a volleyball bouncing between two hands, thankyouverymuch.) In all seriousness, I want to serve instead of be served. To help instead of be helped. I want to do everything that God would have me to do. My heart, soul, and mind want to intentionally be everything I am meant to be: A good wife, a strong mother, a friend, and more. I want to give my time to battle for the Lord the way our military battles for our country. I want to serve.
I don’t want recognition. In fact, if you know me personally then you know that I hate to have any sort of attention brought to me. I’m shy, awkward, and terribly clumsy. I just want to know that someday when I look back at this life, I will honestly be able to say I did everything I could. I told everyone that I was able about God’s love. I shared Jesus with those who needed Him. I helped the ones who couldn’t help themselves. I served the Lord with all I had and never took Him for granted.
24Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.28“But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”– Luke 22:24-30 NKJV-
Will I be able to say those things? Not likely. I’ve already made more mistakes than I can count. But I want to know I did my best to serve Him the best ways I know how.
To put this into action will take a lot of careful listening on my part. In order to serve God, I need to know what He asks of me and be lined up with His will and calling for my life. In order to serve my husband, I need to listen to what he needs me to do in order to be his helpmeet. To serve my children and family, I need to know what they are in need of so I can provide it (or say no as needed). I can’t just run around willy nilly doing things that I feel are helping to serve a purpose. I must line up with His purpose. Even when I might think I’m doing a good thing for someone else.
When I was a little girl I sang a song in church. If you were a kid in church in the 80’s you probably know it. The first time I heard it on a Psalty Kid’s Praise VHS, I begged my Mom to buy me the accompaniment track on cassette so I could stand in front of the church and sing it. I memorized those words, walked up to the platform, looked at the floor, and belted them out as shy as I could without once looking out at everyone in front of me. “If you want to be great, in God’s kingdom, learn to be a servant of allllllll…”
While trying to decide on a word for this year, my family and I sat down and watched the old recording and the memories flooded back to me, as did words that I memorized. I want to be a servant of all for Him. Just like that little girl did 20 years ago. Time to get back to basics…
How about you? Do you have One Word for 2014?
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