My One Word: Selfless
As a younger person, I thought that my life at age 66 would look so much different than the reality that I find myself in. An aging mother who lives 2 hours from Wilmington, a disabled husband who needs more and more care as time passes, being unable to retire even though I am of age, seeing less of my children and grandchildren than I would like and then there are my own physical difficulties and pain. My love for God is deep and my truest desire is to be the most I can be for Him. On the days that I am tempted to feel sorry for myself (and less than patient with others), I know that there is much strength to be gained from inviting God into my heart and spirit. And what I would like to see grow within me is the spiritual ability to give generous and loving care to others – all from withinmyself. So I felt the word “selfless” would remind me daily that I need to live in God’s grace and be able to share that grace with others by taking care of not only those that are close to me, but to also be able to show my love for all of God’s creature. I so admire Paul for the depth of dedication he felt for Christ and God and that he was so willing to give so selflessly of himself to all classes and types of people, he truly had God within. Doing my journalling faithfully and praying that God will help me to grow into the “selfless” person I would so like to be I feel I can grow in such a manner that will be visible to others. I know it can be a challenge, but I also know that with God all things are possible. So at the end of the year, I have no doubt that I will find myself moving steadily toward the goal of being more and more selfless.