“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” ― George Eliot
This quote from George Eliot just about perfectly sums up what I am about. And I was looking in the wrong place. Right here where God planted us, right here with these precious people… that is where I find what is good, and beautiful, and true. Love, kindness, peace. Beauty in the things of creation, beauty in the things that we create. It is good.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:12-15
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be – Matthew 6:19-21
Someone once told me that “Be not afraid” or some derivative of that phrase, appears in the Bible 365 times – once for each day of the year.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul. – William Ernest Henley
This year, FEARLESS is my word. I am adding it to my word from last year, which is LOVE.
LOVEv. To will the good of another
Whenever I have the chance to avoid doing something, to avoid loving myself or another, I will remind myself to be fearless. Fear is really the only thing that ever holds us back from doing what we ought, from becoming who we were meant to be. It is what stops us from starting – or finishing – a project. Fear is what stops us from following our hearts, from responding to grace.
This year, I will be fearless. And this year, once again, I will love. And hopefully love better because I am unafraid.