|Mariana in the Moated Grange|
For several years I've followed the example of some friends in choosing a word or motto for the year. I usually start praying right after Christmas and by the New Year I have some idea of what my word or motto will be. Often God shows me through reading or in some other way what He wants me to be aware of. It is a great blessing!
Last year my word was "Cultivation". When I look at last year, at first I was not sure if I had lived my word the way I wanted to. But after some thought I think the word did have an effect. For one thing, I planted a garden for the first time ever! And there were some other things, too. I think the word was probably a challenging one for me so the steps I took were small, but would have been smaller still if I hadn't been thinking of that word.
From an article on diligence --
The word "diligence" comes from a Latin word meaning "to love." A related Latin word gives us "delight." In its original meaning, diligence is attentiveness, care, and concern in what we do, and eagerness, quickness, and zeal to do it. In consists in making the most of God’s gifts out of love for him and his Kingdom.
Aquinas says that Sloth is opposed to Joy, This isn't quite the way we usually think of it, as a form of laziness or idleness, but it fits in with the idea that diligence is related to delight, and opposed to sloth. Anyway, I think this word will give me plenty to think about during this year, and perhaps help me adjust my attitude about various less-loved household and family duties.
If you've picked a word or motto for this year, I would love to hear it!
(Soooo, I (Chari) am hacking into Willa's post to say: I think I will take her word for the year, too. I will also attach to that: SERVICE. I really want to focus more on being of service to my family......even with just such simple things as meals..... I am SO NOT a Miss Acts-of-Service for a Love Language. Sloth comes between me and that service. So, Willa, please do forgive me for this hacking.....and let us have much discussion and accountablity with the same word. Ummmm, let's start in February. : ) )