I Need a New Word

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2019, the year to ATTEND. Attend to my people, my marriage, my homeschool, my relationship with the Lord. It makes so much sense and perfectly fit my need for discipline and putting those things first.

And yet.

There was a definite need to address discipline–my will–but the word “attend” doesn’t quite get to my heart. It’s possible to do my duties without care, without love.

I was reminded of this at Bible study last night as we studied John 14. While talking to his disciples the night before his crucifixion, Jesus told them to love each other as he loved them–you know, right after he had washed their feet in a beautiful picture of servant-hearted love.

Truth: I don’t always serve my kids or husband out of love. I did not change diapers solely for love. I certainly don’t hunker down on “a-i says ay” for a week of torturous reading lessons just because of love for my child.

Mostly, I get by in my day-to-day tasks out of a sense of duty. Duty isn’t a bad thing, but it sure can change the posture of my heart. Duty says “I must do” where love says “I desire to do.”

I don’t want Matt or my three little turkeys to be musts on my list, and so, I need a new word for 2019.

It’s not a replacement word but a helper word: delight. Merriam-Webster would tell us that to delight in something is to take great pleasure in it.

You hear delight in Jesus’ words in John 14:15:

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

The Father sends, the Son goes, we are saved, we rejoice in the Father’s good plan. There is joy in abundance, great pleasure in the majestic work of the Son.

There is delight there that I want–in my heart, in my study of God’s Word, in my home.

And lucky for me, there’s plenty of 2019 left for it to happen in.

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