A New Year, and Resolution or not:
The New Year 2016 is approaching quickly, and many make New Year’s Resolutions as to how this new year will change their lives. Or their resolutions are vows to change something for the up coming year, such as lose weight, change a habit that is annoying, or even strive to do better at a job, or business.
Me? I have never made a New Year’s resolution in my life, never seen the reason, for I never seen anyone actually keep their vow. So why waste the time…. But?
Because of various statements on Compumatrix, I have decided to add something I am going to do, and state, a flaw in me brought this on, and I will pray alot for it to come to pass.
So if you had to use one word, and yes one word only, to state a resolution you wanted for the coming year; what would it be… and this is where your thoughts came into play, and then I will state mine.
A good word might be ‘Perseverance’! My 1828 Webster’s Dictionary (free/no copy right), says this:
1. Persistence in any thing undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business or enterprise begun; applied alike to good or evil.
Perseverance keeps honor bright.
Patience and perseverance overcome the greatest difficulties.
2. In theology, continuance in a state of grace to a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance.
In my church we call it; “Keep on, Keeping on.” And it expresses many sentiments that many of you have either expressed, or want. So that is a very good Resolution word, and it applies to hundreds of situations.
And now for mine, as I thought hard, and prayed for a word to express what I want to do, or be better at, and it still applies to many things and situations.
I think I would use, ‘Humble’, or ‘Gentle’ For I do come off rash, or hard, to many that I try to communicate with, and I am over powering in my desire to use alot of facts over that of just my opinion, and it tends to intimidate a lot. So I also thought I would share another special thought on this. But 1st another word to think about; How many of you ever asked for ‘Patience’? I did once, and did not care for the lessons it took to actually learn patience; so as the old saying goes be careful what you ask for!
Now, in reflection on my chosen word: Humble/or Gentle
1. Low; opposed to high or lofty.
Thy humble nest built on the ground.
2. Low; opposed to lofty or great; mean; not magnificent; as a humble cottage.
A humble roof, and an obscure retreat.
3. Lowly; modest; meek; submissive; opposed to proud,haughty, arrogant or assuming. In an evangelical sense, having a low opinion of one’s self, and a deep sense of unworthiness in the sight of God.
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. James 4.
Without a humble imitation of the divine author of our blessed religion, we can never hope to be a happy nation.
HUM’BLE, v.t. To abase; to reduce to a low state. This victory humbled the pride of Rome. The power of Rome was humbled, but not subdued.
1. To crush; to break; to subdue. The battle of Waterloo humbled the power of Buonaparte.
2. To mortify. or kill, put an end to
3. To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride of; to reduce arrogance and self-dependence; to give a low opinion of one’s moral worth; to make meek and submissive to the divine will; the evangelical sense.
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you. 1 Pet.5.
Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart. 2 Chron. 32.
4. To make to condescend.
He humbles himself to speak to them.
5. To bring down; to lower; to reduce.
The highest mountains may be humbled into valleys.
6. To deprive of chastity. Deut. 21.
To humble one’s self, to repent; to afflict one’s self for sin; to make contrite.
In this I hope to be a more acceptable person, and to share myself on a level that people like? So what is your word? sc