I write "just" but it meant so much MORE at the time...
And now, too.
I knew lining up my life with Christ's trajectory for it would allow all the other pieces to fall gently in place. So, my year started with 'just Jesus.' And ended, just like I knew it would, with so many other things finally fitting into place.
I see all the One Word posts going up all over the internet.
One Word's scare me.
I tried it a couple years ago with PEACE.
I couldn't focus on my One Word, peace, because I had to tackle a whole bunch of other "words" to even get there.
Fear. Guilt. Trust. Love.
So...my One Words become like 5 Words.
And then I'm all screwed up.
So I am going all rebel here.
And choosing the word MORE.
I want more...
You see how I did that?
My One Word can go in front of a whole lotta other words and I don't feel as confined by it.
Some people call it a way to "focus" their year.
I feel like it always leads me down tangent roads anyways...so I choose more.
And more always starts with Christ.
I'm going to continue 2014 like I ended 2013.
Seeking Christ fully.
Knowing all the other parts of life make a lot more sense that way.
Speaking of more~
I read a ton in 2013.
One of my goals was to 'become a reader.'
(See the bottom of this post for my three top recommended reads)
And here is my book pile for this year.
Some of them were recommended.
Others I read about on blogs.
And some I just stumbled onto while looking for others on Amazon.
My nose will be lodged in a book a lot this year.
Three more books to add to your reading list in 2014:
Jesus the King, by Timothy Keller.
This book steps through the Gospel of Mark like a soul wondering through a minefield. Same stories I have read and heard sermons on for 33 years~ and yet I was blown away chapter after chapter, rediscovering that 'holy-cow-Jesus-You-are freaking-awesome' surge of excitement in my heart. Every page is marked up crazy. In fact, it is more than worth re-reading immediately after turning over the last page. I want to take you by the shoulders and shake you while saying read THIS book.
The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne.
Talk about a book that made me a mess. This is it. Here is the thing: I want to live and love like Jesus. But. ----> BUT<---- I was, and still am at times (face in hands), the sort of person who knew what she believed and could argue you into the ground about things like baptism, predestination, a woman's role, creation, etc. And I would do it with glowing red eyes and maybe even a pointed finger in your wrong little face. Then I read a fat, little book by a regular dude living OUT the gospel (not just talking about it)....who differs from myself in SO MANY doctrine points...and he messed me all up. I liked and un-liked his Facebook page maybe 6 times. (I am currently on "Like" status...for good.) I cried to Phil (who was afraid that I was going through another "7" moment). I mentioned it briefly to my pastor to see if he raised his eyebrows in a weird way or held up a crucifix. (He didn't. He told me the books that screw up your world are usually the best kind to read.) I carried it with me in my purse. Underlined and question mark-ed paragraph after paragraph. I threw the book. And maybe cursed at it. And then would pick it back up and continue. Pissed off. Blessed. Changed. Having learned, among many other things, that I do not have to share your point of view on everything "Bible" to still learn from you. If you need a refresher in how to love like Christ, consider this book a facet in that.
Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey
I was going to write a paragraph that started 'It's an argument for...' but it isn't, quite honestly, an argument for anything. This book is NOT an argument. For feminism. For women in the church. For some weird Christian-Feminism hybrid idea (like I assumed when I read the title). The pages fly by and the reader is simply taken to an outpost in the Kingdom of God, challenged by a friendly voice in the words on the page, and then encouraged to live out their place.voice.calling. It began as the type of book I would hide when certain people visited...and then I realized, by reading more and more out of my safe/comfort zone, that I want to fully be a Jesus Feminist, too. It felt like the weirdest thing, to put 'Jesus' and 'feminist' in the same sentence...but it isn't what you would initially bet on (or maybe fear). It is an invitation to see your woman-self the way Christ sees you. And then to live that out.
So what is your "more" this year?
What are the words YOU would put 'more' in front of... the things you are longing for in 2014??