My word for 2014

perspectiveI do not make New Year’s resolutions. I am horrible at them. They are expectations that I rarely (never) meet – which just leaves me feeling bad (worse) about myself. It only took me about 35 years to figure this out. Since coming to the realization that resolutions are not my thing, Brian and I decided to resolve to “be better” by focusing our lives and efforts on a particular word for the entire year. That exercise proved to be very rewarding and actually kept us focused on a goal without leaving us feeling like failures after a few months (and by months I mean days). This year the word I chose is PERSPECTIVE. I wrote a blog this past summer about that word and when it came time to choose a word for the whole year – it really made sense to me. I recently heard a sermon by one of my new favorite pastors to listen to (Matt Chandler) in which the pastor basically called out those of us who compare ourselves to others. (Yes, I was one of the “us”). How many of us can justify our selfish actions, our hateful words, or our sinful behavior by comparing ourselves to someone who happens to be “worse” than us. Well of course I’m going to look like a champ if I compare myself to someone whose behavior is apparently “worse”. But that certainly doesn’t make me into the person God wants me to be – just because I’m not “as bad” as someone else. It can work the opposite way as well. We can compare ourselves to someone who seemingly has it all together and has a perfect wonderful life with perfect kids, no problems, beautiful home (do you see where I’m going with this)…and feel really bad about ourselves. It can wreak havoc on us. Our peace and contentment really come when we have a healthy perspective on things. And as believers, our peace and contentment comes from our savior. How does Jesus see us? What would his perspective be? If we begin to view life through His lens, how does it change our perspective on things? This word has come to mean so much to me as I meet people and learn about myself. There is no way to wallow in my problems when I am worshipping next to a recovering heroin addict. That’s perspective. I can’t possibly continue to worry about finances and budget when I have friends who are currently homeless. I believe that Jesus’ perspective on “sinners” in His time was revolutionary. He didn’t see the woman at the well the way the Pharisees would have seen her. He saw her through the perspective of love…not condemnation. As I embark on another year as a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, a wife, a mom, a teacher, and a woman, I know that IF I am able to keep things in perspective – not MY way, but God’s way – I know that I will be blessed and that God will open my eyes to see some beautiful things in 2014.

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5 comments on “My word for 2014

  1. I think it’s neat how different people view and use perspective. I don’t make resolutions either! God bless you! I enjoyed reading!

  2. Brian Suman says:

    Reblogged this on .

  3. Chaz says:

    I have dug into my tendency to make comparisons quite a bit over the past couple of years. I discovered some very unhealthy patterns in myself that I had practiced for many years. Gladly though, I have begun to shed light on and change many of these tendencies.

    • juliesuman says:

      Going through the Celebrate Recovery process is bringing so much into the light for me. Thank you for reading and for your comment!

      • Chaz says:

        My journey in looking inside has included cr and also other programs. I think our cultures as well as the widespread use of Facebook have encouraged us all the more toward the habit of making comparisons. So many use FB to flaunt lifestyle and show what we have. Perhaps it is done surly and often unknowingly, but it certainly seems to be a factor. Our job as I see it is to not buy into the comparison culture and be able process differences in healthier ways. Just because someone flaunts does not require us to compare.

        Great topic!

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