Name the Year: Home Improvement

The idea of “Naming the Year” came from a friend, who got it from a friend. It sort of falls into the making resolutions category, I suppose, but the idea intrigues me nonetheless.

I named 2012 “Home Improvement.” While we may tackle a few face-lifts in our house, that’s not the focus of my year’s name. And it’s definitely not the silly TV show that was on featuring Tim Allen!

My “Home Improvement” comes from the heart. As our hearts are closer to Christ, then, too can our relationships with our family, friends and acquaintances be built on a meaningful foundation.

Think of concentric circles. The inner circle is the heart. Tools I need to work on for the heart are discipline and selflessness! I want to take my “Home Improvement” screwdriver and turn the screw to: be consistent in prayer, devotions and being quiet before God. As water reflects the face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19

The next circle is family. The Lord has given us a special time to strengthen our family relationships. The mason’s trowel is the tool I choose to build the bricks that bond us together. Not to build a wall that separates, but to build memories cemented with affirmations and loving relationships. A mother is always a mother, but I need to do that wisely with adult “children.” As a daughter, it’s important to be there for my mom, and have discernment in my “care” role, while allowing her to be “the mom!” My sisters and their families are important relationships that need the mortar to be strong and level, too. The family wall is built brick-by-brick, steady and level. If anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

The outer circle is friends, acquaintances and people who cross my path – whether it’s in person or through social media. My “Home Improvement” tool is the ruler. The inches are all connected to make one whole ruler. We’re better together, connected, and we’re all important. Whether the ruler is a foot, a yard or a 50′ tape measure, each segment is important. I want to affirm and value all the “inches”! Now the body is not made up of one part but of many … Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:14 and 27

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