Sometimes, I don't let my "yes" be my "yes" and my "no" be my "no." I try and try to add to, subtract from, or even ignore parts of what I have promised to do and be.
That's why this year, I have felt the pull towards my One Word for 2012 to be vow.
More than just a reminder to live up to a promise or a pledge, this has three distinct aspects for me to work on, adapted from one of the more common vows used in society:
- I will vow to love. To love my family and friends, and so show them this love in more than just lip service. And let me tell you: coming off a holiday season, sometimes this might be the hardest thing I can do.
- I will vow to honor. To honor my time and intentional interactions with Ashley and Kai. To honor the commitment of what it means to be a husband and dad.
- I will vow to cherish. To cherish my relationship with God. At the end of the day, after I feel like I have given all I can give, I feel like I slight this relationship the most. And if something is important to you - family, friends, spouse, child - you take care of it and make it a priority.
And in the end, I hope that I find myself obeying this vow.