I thought I would join the New Year craze and once again pick a word to focus on.
A word to help me become a better version of myself.
I had no intention of participating in this fun fad this year.
I did however stumble upon the perfect word as I was meditating and contemplating about all my hopes and dreams for the year 2015; and I knew I needed a word.
My hopes and dreams mostly consist of just being a better person.
I made lists and lists of how I could be a better wife, mother, sister, friend, etc….
I want to be more Gracious.
Gracious means: being kind, courteous, pleasant, encouraging, and compassionate.
It means to smile and be gracious even in defeat.
Now, I don’t know about you but I am defeated quite often. Most of the time I am defeated by everyday challenges, and just by being in this hectic world we live in.
We all know how quickly the world can frustrate and defeat us.
I want to try to defend myself. I am hoping that if I arm myself with just a little bit of Grace; I might be able to fight back.
How I will be Gracious?:
I will thank people.
I will be a good listener.
I will pay attention.
I will understand that others are just as important as I.
I will give others the benefit of the doubt.
I will compliment others.
I will swallow my pride.
I will let others talk.
I will put others first.
…and then on those days that I fail at this, all the while trying my hardest:
I will allow myself Grace. I will be Gracious unto myself. I will give myself the benefit of the doubt.
I will be Gracious, because He is Gracious unto me.
Psalm 116:5 “ Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”
I pray that as I strive to be more Gracious, that God will arm me with the strength I need to conquer that what he has in store for me.