Last year this time I started my year off with the word vulnerability.
It can mean openness or exposure.
Every time we step out into the fields of our creativity we experience a form of exposure.
Whenever we open up, we render ourselves vulnerable.
That can be scary.
So many stay locked away and don’t give of their creative ideas, or plans.
To manoeuvre your way forward – often takes bravery and courage.
A letting go of perception and a trampling of fear.
This year I have started my year with another word.
I came across a blog by an exceptional woman, Ann Voskamp.
It is called a holy experience.
This woman has issued a dare.
Find 1000 things to be grateful for.
I have taken the challenge.
To find these things one needs to open up.
Become exposed to the incredible world that God has unleashed around us.
To see in the micro and the macro.
Gratitude can be found, staring at a mountain.
In the feel of your wife as she lies behind your back at night.
It can be found in a bird that walks through your kitchen door to peck at a lone crumb.
That first cup of coffee in the morning.
The way your sons smooth brown arms hug you.
Your daughters grin and thank yous.
It’s found in Christ.
It’s found in grace given and experienced.
When your team plays really hard.
When the check out lady smiles at you.
When the man carries your shopping.
It’s in the tasting of sour that you can be grateful for the sweet.
It’s in experiencing lack that you can be grateful for the provision to come.
Gratitude is a creative operation of faith.
Seek it out.
Look in unusual places.
Relook the mundane.
Do not let it escape.