Last year my one-verb resolution was ‘shine.’ After my morning prayers, I’d silently sing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” I sang it in perfect pitch and rhythm, raising my body with a spirit eager to immerse itself in the vibrant lives and events of the coming day. My little light shone.
This is embarrassing to write, incidentally, because only one person commented on shine. He didn’t say he noticed a difference, just that he remembered it from my email signature.
I just checked http://www.statisticbrain.com: only 8 out of 100 people who make New Year’s resolutions are successful in achieving them. If I didn’t achieve mine, am I in good company?
Admittedly, I don’t follow my spiritual path every morning. Too often I wake up frustrated I couldn’t sleep longer, or rushed because I have more important things to do than rejoice and shine. At times I wonder if I’ve even felt God’s presence shining through me that day.
Needing to feel closer to God reminded me of the hymn that comforted Dad and us in his final days, “Just a closer walk with thee, grant it Jesus, is my plea…”
Once I had my song, I found synonyms for ‘closer’ like ‘abut,’ ‘clinch’ and a noun, ‘deathblow.’ I’d wandered into the wrong word world. What feels challenging is witness. Witnessing for me and witnessing inspiring stories of others.
If witnessing makes me feel closer, I could claim success.
Really, even if no one notices?
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