A month ago, a friend challenged me to seek the Lord and Name the Year with one word I wanted to carry with me throughout 2013. Although it's only January 8, the word I chose
--GRATITUDE--has already changed my attitude from stinky to sweet many times. For instance...
A restaurant we tried for the first time had stale coffee and gave me white bread when I ordered wheat. I did not complain and send my sandwich back. Instead, I thought, "I have food to eat. I'm grateful for that. Many people in the world have nothing."
When my typical Sunday morning depression attacked, I walked over to the church building next door (my husband is the pastor), and paced around, thanking God that we have a church to worship in, and a government that doesn't prohibit our freedom to worship.
When I was exhausted from 10 days of company, I thanked the Lord that I have a healthy family who loves me and each other.
In my flesh, I can find something to complain and grumble about faster than a frog can flick-catch a fly on its tongue, but naming my year is helping me focus on the blessings of God instead of the potholes in the road.
Would you like to name your year? If so, what word would help you make your attitude sweeter?