This time of year there’s always a lot of talk around the blogosphere about having a word of the year. In case you’ve missed it, the idea is that, instead of resolutions that probably won’t last, people are focusing on a word, or theme, for the year.
Some people have chosen words like faith or live. I’d toyed with some words. I thought about self or selfless or Christ-centered to encompass my goal of working toward being more Christ-centered and less self-centered, but nothing really grabbed me.
Then, we went to church Sunday and heard the second message in a phenomenal new series our church is doing about the home. The general idea is that Biblical teaching is supposed to begin at home. The body of the church should be centered in the home.
Our faith should be taught and shared in our homes (and not just with our families, but by opening our homes to others), rather than having Christian families show up at a building on Sunday mornings and expect to be fed, then going on about their way for the other six days of the week.
The emphasis is that our homes should reflect our deep and abiding love for Christ, rather than simply reflecting our favorite hobbies, sports teams or interests. Our pastor has challenged us to look closely at ourselves and our homes step up to make the changes that God reveals to us.
Change can be hard. We often feel that we’re too old, it’s too late, we’re too set in our ways, our kids are almost grown, it’s too hard.
No, it’s not. We’re not. They’re not. It’s never too late to change.
I’m 41 years old and I’ve lost 90 pounds. It wasn’t too late to change that. I sincerely hope that I’ve still got half my life to live. I may have wasted the first 41 years being self-centered, but that doesn’t mean I can’t live the next 41 years being Christ-centered.
My husband wants to lead our family in devotions on the nights that we’re all home together. We haven’t done that, consistently, very often in our children’s lives. Does that mean that we can’t or shouldn’t commit to doing that for the rest of the years that they’re living at home? Of course not!
I want our home to be a house of prayer. Our family hasn’t consistently prayed together other than at meals, the bedtime prayers that have tapered off as the kids have gotten older and put themselves to bed, after our morning devotional time to start school, and crisis prayers. Does that mean that we should just write off the possibility of changing that? Nope!
That’s my word for the year. Brian wants to change our lack of family Bible study. I want to change our weakness in corporate prayer. I want to change my self-centeredness.
I have encouraged each of the children to pray about what God would have them change this year. In the last two days, I’ve seen a definite change in the kids’ attitudes toward each other (for the positive).
Change. Ourselves. Our family. Our world.
That’s our word for this year.
Has your family chosen a word for the year? It’s not too late to change that if you haven’t.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.