Earlier this month, I shared the following thoughts on Facebook:
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again. Communication and being proactive can alleviate and prevent so many problems, inconveniences, headaches and hurt feelings. In 2016, I want to continue to grow in this area. Where do you want to grow?
As I wrote this statement, the idea of perhaps picking “communicate” as my One Word for 2016 popped into my mind. The thought was only there for a split second before I dismissed it. However, a few minutes later my friend, Chris, wrote these words in response to my post: “That could be your 2016 word— communicate!!”
And, she was right, I can’t seem to shake the idea that this word is THE word for the coming year.
Why this word:
Communication is the pathway to real life. As I was thinking about ways I hope to grow in this area next year, a significant journey I once took reconnecting with the Lord came to mind. I had spent a decade turning the volume down on the Lord and navigating my way through life. And, as a result, I’d taken many wrong turns. I became willing to turn His voice back up and to listen to what He had to say. I was ready to communicate again even though I knew the conversations I would be engaging in would be some of the most uncomfortable and painful conversations I would ever have.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come. let us discuss this, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will we be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they will be like wool.”
It was one of the hardest seasons of my life and yet God was faithful.
“Trust in Me with all your heart, He said. Lean not on your own understand and I will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
“He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters…He brought me out to a spacious place;
He rescued me because He delighted in me.” Psalm 18: 16, 19
Today, consistent and regular communication with the Lord is a priority in my life. I need it like I need air. I know that even when I don’t think I need it…I still need it. I know that even though life and circumstances can sometimes be painful and confusing…they are more painful and confusing if I try to walk the road alone.
When I was looking for an image for this post, I found the umbrella picture. For some reason, I thought it was an appropriate image to accompany the word Communicate. Umbrellas don’t magically make the heat or the rain go away but they do provide some comfort and protection from the elements. They are handy tools to have at our disposal…but only if we remember to use them.
The same goes for communication. Communicating doesn’t magically make all relationships function perfectly but communication is a handy tool to have…especially when we learn how to use it properly and then remember to use it.
Here are three areas where I desire to communicate and grow in 2016:
my prayer life
my personal relationships
More thoughts to follow in the coming weeks…