Sunday, January 2, 2011

One Word

The wonderful little book Flourish, Catherine Hart Weber, has filled my night night reading for the past week and let me say, it is a very thought provoking book. The challenges in each section results in careful reading and thoughtful pauses. It is a book I heard of first on "Homeword" right before Christmas break. By the time I arrived home, I had determined to order and read it over the holidays.

She suggests, as our friend Tina has written about this past week, selecting a single word to focus on during year. This has been a challenge for me. Let's face it. I need a lot of work. Selecting one word for a year to movitate change is, well, reckless at best!

However, after spending time in thought and prayer, one word has been sifted from the debris field of possibilities:

Moderation.

Also defined as balance, calmness, restraint, steadiness, judiciousness. Yeppers. Just the word I need.

After a little research, I found Biblical instruction on moderation:

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. – Philippians 4:5 NKJV
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. – 1 Corinthians 9:25a NKJV
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. – Proverbs 25:28 NKJV
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; - Ephesians 5:18 KJV

Then, I looked to see what my two greatest literary heroes had to say about it.
When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; … he learns his ignorance, is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone. ~ Henry David Thoreau
 
And. last, but certainly not least, I looked to see what my faith guide had to say:
 
Be rather bountiful than expensive; do good with what thou hast, or it will do thee no good. ~ William Penn
 
Frugality is good, if liberality be joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expenses; the last bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begets covetousness; the last without the first begets prodigality. Both together make an excellent temper. Happy the place where that is found. ~William Penn
 
And, so, my sole goal this coming year is to be ....
 
Moderation.

5 comments:

  1. I may have to add that book to my collection. After I finish The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which may be awhile), I plan to read some inspiration Christian books!

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  2. "All things in moderation" has been an old faithful standby in my life for quite some time. Really...it can be the answer to so many deliemmas. Will say a prayer that God will help you accomplish your goals~~~Blessings~~Shine

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  3. Gracious word you have chosen to open the new year with. May it nourish your soul this year and, in turn, it will nourish others.
    Do you have specific ways you plan to do this or are you going to exhibit moderation as the opportunity comes along?

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  4. Sounds like a very good word. And a very good lifestyle.

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  5. Moderation is definite thing to work towards. Especially in a word where excess of everything is encouraged. When i have quoted that first scripture let your moderation be known to all men.. Some people look at me like I have 2 heads!lol
    Great post and lots to think about!

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Matty