For the past three years I have endeavored to choose a word that I will strive to embody in the year to come. As 2014 wraps up I look back on my word for the year; relationships.
This year I sought to work on current relationships and to cultivate new ones. There were times of success and times where I wish I had invested more, all in all I feel confident in the impact that this years word had on others. Thinking about my time at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) I am reminded of the many people, both student and faculty, that I was able to get to know. It was, perhaps, more a blessing to me than to them.
I would encourage you to join in this pursuit. Choose a word that you can choose to work on in 2015, but realize, this decision is your choice. You get to decide each day if it will be a day you work on your word or not. There were days when I didn’t want to work on cultivating relationships, days I didn’t even want to be around people. It’s a choice, and it is worth it.
As I look back on 2014 and look to 2015 one theme has reoccured over and over and a characteristic I’ve seen in others, both positively and negatively, is humility. It has reappeared in scripture, shown itself in preaching, and manifest itself in others.
Humility is a word that I want to be more than just a word, I want it to be what I’m known as. My first steps in 2015 will be to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the most prestigious Southern Baptist seminaries on the planet. It is a place of extreme honor where some of the brightest and most profound pastors have studied. It is a place where a person could get swept up in the glory of an institution and take it to be his own. For me, I don’t want that. I am honored to be able to study at Southern, and I’m humbled to be able to.
I recognize that many others have allowed for this day to come; mainly my wife, my parents, her parents, my grandparents, and professors that have encouraged and taught me to pursue the highest of education, in this case theological education to help prepare me for a life of ministry.
Humility is the antithesis of intitlement. I don’t feel that this opportunity or any others are rights, they are privaleges. Many before me and many after have fallen victim to arrogant pride and I pray that this would not be the same of me.
In 2015 I ask you three things:
1. Pray that I would embody humility in times of pride and arrogance.
2. Select a word for yourself to work on this year.
3. Let me know what your word is and how I can encourage you at my email