A Message for the New Year
On Sunday I discussed seven steps that if we stay focused on them can change our lives and provide for a year filled with blessings and great joy. Here they are.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. (Colossians 3:12-14)
I wish to show/incorporate these into my daily life as I deal with people:
1) Compassion (empathy): The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.
2) Kindness (direct action): The quality or state of being kind.
Kind (adjective) — Having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others; wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others.
3) Humility (i.e., it's not about you): The quality or state of not thinking you're better than other people.
Humble — Not proud; not thinking of yourself as better than other people; given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people; showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people.
4) Gentleness/meekness/quiet strength: The quality or state of being gentle.
Gentle — Having or showing a kind and quiet nature; not harsh or violent; not hard or forceful; not strong or harsh in effect or quality.
5) Patience/bear with one another: The capacity, habit, or fact of being patient.
Patient — Able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people; done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying.
6) Forgiveness (yes, it means letting go): The act of forgiving someone or something.
Forgive — To stop feeling anger toward (someone who has done something wrong); to stop blaming (someone); to stop feeling anger about (something): to forgive someone for (something wrong); to stop requiring payment of (money that is owed).
7) Love (agape, unconditional): A feeling of strong or constant affection for a person.
The longtime Vicar of Education for Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Alyce Keener (she/her) has felt a twofold calling from an early age toward teaching and toward God. Her religious education started in earnest at her first vacation Bible school, which spurred the realization at a very young age of how important God and Jesus were in her life. She began to pray daily and later began studying the Bible in earnest in college, where she became involved with the Navigators, later taking classes at Moody Bible Institute. Born in Ohio, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Illinois, and was active in local churches, serving on a missions committee, helping develop a church library, leading educational programs and directing a young adults program.