I follow a fun, quirky, insanely intelligent woman, Sandi Krakowski. I stumbled upon her due to my involvement in direct sales, as she is one of the many gurus in the business. I actually found her because her picture appeared in comments or some such thing on another expert I follow. I was drawn to her first because of her crazy hair. It is Neapolitan! Being one that likes wearing pink in my hair, especially my bangs, I had to check her out. I have struggled at times with just being me and let the folks who take time to know me make their own determination about me that isn’t based on hair. But just seeing her encouraged me to continue on being me and let the chips of judgement fall where they may.
Sandi has recently begun hash tagging the word combo, BEMORE. As in Be More. At first I thought it was cute, but it wasn’t long before it started to really hit me just how powerful that is to BEMORE.
BEMORE loving toward my enemies. (1 Peter 3:8-12)
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, becourteous;[a] 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For
“He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[b]
It is a pretty tall order really. That alone could take me years to achieve but I’m to lean on Christ to help me BEMORE because on my own I cannot do this.
BEMORE diligent to spend time in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18)
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Darn, there is that evil for evil thing again too, but then praying without ceasing could be the way to do this.
The list will go on and on through the year of 2014 as I set out to focus on my One Word, BEMORE.
Thanks, Sandi Krakowski, the Lord has used you to help me find my “word” for 2014.