I don’t usually jump on the trend bandwagon, but I really like the idea of choosing a word to focus on in the new year.
2012 was a year of obvious transition. Marriage, move across the country, new job. Many changes happened. The change happened and I went with the flow, but I didn’t really have time to process it.
2013 was an in-between year for me because I was processing much of the change from the previous year. It doesn’t mean it was average because it was certainly a year of great fun and adventure. But, overall, it was a year where I thought a lot about where I was and how I got there. In some ways, it was an uncomfortable year, because I didn’t feel at home in my skin or where I lived.
It’s time to embrace 2014. For me, that means:
Embrace who I am.
Embrace where I am at (in life).
Embrace the work that I am doing.
Embrace where I live.
Embrace those around me.
Embrace the love and support that I have right now.
Embrace whatever is to come each day.
The possibilities are endless and I love the idea of embracing.
I wanted to embrace the definition of embrace (ha ha), so here is the official meaning:
: to hold someone in your arms as a way of expressing love or friendship
: to accept (something or someone) readily or gladly
: to use (an opportunity) eagerly – merriam-webster.com
I also wanted to pair the word with a Scripture verse because the most important thing I could do everyday of my life, is embrace the love of God which has been given to me.
Often verses are taken out of context to fit a word or an idea and I didn’t want to do that.
When I searched, this was the first verse that came up, and although it describes a physical embrace, I think it means so much more…
“But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.” – Genesis 33:4