- Love God and love people. Without love, we have nothing.
- Marry your best friend! Haley has made my life unimaginably better.
- Smile and laugh as much as you can, and spend time around people that make you laugh and smile.
- Most arguments aren’t worth it. Admit when you are wrong and offer a sincere apology.
- The grass is greener where you water it. Most of what we see from other people are highlight reel clips. Don’t get caught up in comparison.
One of the ways that the dictionary defines the word courage is “the absence of fear.” I am not buying that for a second. Why? Because the Bible says “do not fear” about 70 times depending on the version you read. That is enough evidence for me to conclude that there is a fear problem rampant in our world.
Our American culture is obsessed with more, more, more! We always want one more day of vacation, another piece of cake, or more money in our bank account.
So why amid a comparison culture fueled by excess did I choose “LESS” as my word for 2022?
Looking back on 2021, I was hyper focused on striving to do more: serving in the church and community, exercising, reaching out to friends and family. While none of those things are negative, I ultimately became burnt out.
Whenever we choose a word for the year, set out to accomplish a big task, or create a large goal, there will always be failure along the way. At the end of the day, everyone fails. The difference between those who end up succeeding and those who don’t is not that they didn’t fail, but how they responded to the failure.
Stop running the rat race. Get off the hamster wheel. Stop finding out information and start getting to know truth. Truth is found in a person, and His name is Jesus, and He loves you so much that He calls you His child. Here's the proof:
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.