The Word for 2012: HUMILITY

This morning I was reading an article on keeping resolutions. One of the suggestions was to make them public. It’s a little scary on many levels to announce what your intentions are. Now that it’s out there for everyone to see, it’s going to make it all the more awkward when I stumble. But, what the heck.

Don Miller posted  an entry on his blog today titled “Living This Year as Though You Were Living it for the Second Time.” How many of us have said, “If only I knew then what I know now” when we look back on how our lives have gone? This is the basis of his post. Approach your life as though you already know better.

In that vein, there are some things I see in myself today that 20 or 30 years from now, I could easily say, “If only I knew then…” The thing is that I do know. I know now.

Some years ago I informally adopted a passage from the prophet Micah’s book in the Hebrew Scriptures as my personal mission statement. I had come across it in the Message translation of the Bible. It was a fresh way of looking at the passage and I especially like the last phrase:

“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously— 
   take God seriously.(italics mine)”
Micah 6.8

2012 will be the year that I make an effort to put some legs to these words. It can really be summed up in one word: HUMILITY. Putting myself last and putting God and others first is what this is all about. It’s another spin on the “love God, love people” idea.

It has nothing to do with how someone else engages (or doesn’t engage) with me. It has nothing to do with how someone else feels about me or what I perceive they feel about me. It doesn’t mean I wait for a word from God to make a decision or extend an offer to help someone or reach out to a stranger. I don’t need any of that to do what Micah is talking about. If I do what he’s saying, I’m going to be on a pretty good path.

What about you? What are your plans for 2012? (leave a comment below)

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