she replied, "Present. Your word should be present."
I quipped back, "What does that even mean?"
She gently said, "Present, meaning not being distracted and totally available when your home."
I said, "Oh."
Every year I don't want the word I'm given. The word is always challenging and I'm pretty sure that I will fail at keeping it or its concept. This year is no different. This word was chosen for me around the second week of January and I have blown it more than I've followed it. This will be an interesting year.
My goal is to be present when with my staff or my congregation. fully present when I'm teaching or preaching. Fully present when I'm home and with my family. I am really good at being physically present. I struggle with being attentive and emotionally present, especially with my family. The unfortunate truth is that I give more, if not all, of myself to my church and leave nothing for my family. I pray that 2017 will be a time of growth for me as I cultivate my relationship with God, my family, and my church. I desire to be fully present, so God can use me in mighty ways.