As I was reflecting on 2013 and looking ahead to the new year, I kept coming back to 3 themes:
1. Love well.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
2. Live with intention.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
3. Forget yo-self. (okay, maybe the Lord didn't put it in those exact terms)
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis
Whew...easier said then done, right?!? Obviously, no change can be made apart from or outside of the power of the Holy Spirit. I cannot love well apart from Christ. I cannot surrender my life and live intentionally apart from Him. And I definitely cannot will my mind to think of myself less. As a human, it is inherent that I will naturally think of myself, my comfort, my failings, my time, my appearance, my successes, my, my, my...BUT, what freedom there would be if I submitted to the Lord and gained even a centimeter of ground in this area. It would be glorious, and so...I shall pray.
And now, to lighten things up a bit, here is a quick look at my new years in pictures:
And here is a pic from our new years day brunch that I have to share because I love everything about the candidness (of the top photo) AND because I love the lighting and the tree in the background: