Have you ever given any thought to choosing a word you won’t be using as your Word for the Year? That’s exactly what Holley Gerth addresses in her article, The Word I’m NOT Choosing This Year. It’s certainly worth the read. Check it out!
As I thought about this concept it crossed my mind that 2016 was a very negative and insulting year. (I’m not just referring to the election. That in itself was beyond anything I could have imagined.) For me, there was little positive input and I endured insults that were both perceived and real. So, with that thought in mind, the word I’m not choosing for the year is INSULT. This picture sums it up:
I know that attacks and insults are to be expected as a follower of Jesus. I get it! But I have decided for this year that I will not allow another’s words or actions to cloud my view and dirty my mind.
Matthew 7:1 gives us the famous words, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” I like it better the way Peterson says it in The Message, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment.”
My prayer for the year is this:
Heavenly Father, Abba, hear my prayer for a clean heart and uncluttered mind. Give me wisdom and courage to deal with those who would use their words against me. Help me to know when and if I should respond. Let my response never be unkind or unforgiving. I want to show the Face of Jesus and the Mind of Christ to those around me. Yes, even those who are insulting, mean or unkind. Make it so in Jesus name.