If I were to choose one word that defined my life in 2010, it would be FORGIVENESS. Over and over again God asked me to forgive as I have been forgiven – no easy task! To forgive my husband, to forgive those who came with false accusations, to forgive family members who said hurtful things, to forgive friends when they did something to frustrate me – and to then ask to be forgiven when I blew it.
2010 was a year of huge change for me, although much of it was so incremental that I didn’t even notice how much I had changed until I started looking back at where I was when the year started.
I have begun to learn how to forgive. I am starting to learn how to forgive in the way that God has forgiven each of us, and I have learned how to forgive myself. To move past the guilt of failure (even if just in my own eyes) and to take the focus of my life off of the bad stuff and put that focus onto God.
So what comes after forgiveness? What one word is going to define 2011 in my life? I’m still trying to pin that one down. God & I have some talking to do before I nail down one word for 2011, but I look forward to it (and kind of dread it!)