Every year I choose a specific random word for the year. I try to see it in everything, I try to say it often and I try to make it a word I can use in practical ways. In 2015 my word was “Breathe”. I had a few times that I just had to stop and breathe through difficult and great times and that helped me focus on the air going in and out of my lungs and then also in turn shifted my focus to the ONE Who gave me breath… Amazing huh? God truly is great in all things!
Have you ever taken delight in someone else’s success, or happiness? I am someone who loves to see people succeed. I love to see how people set goals for themselves and then achieve it!
So this year I chose the word “Happiness”. But I wanted to make it practical and I searched for a synonym word. Then I came across the word “Mudita”. It means to take delight in someone else’s happiness. You do not get more practical than that… The word comes from the Pali language. It is an ancient Indian, Yoga, Hindu and Buddhist word. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely not “converted”… But the word says so easily and it’s soft on the ear and can be done in a practical way. 🙂
This year I want to see others happy. I want to see my family happy, my clients, my friends and I want to make people happy. Then I want to take delight in their happiness!!
And you know what?? God does the same with His people….
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Amplified Bible: http://www.biblegateway.com)
A primitive root; to be pleased with; specifically to satisfy a debt: – (be) accept (-able), accomplish, set affection, approve, consent with, delight (self), enjoy, (be, have a) favour (-able), like, observe, pardon, (be, have, take) please (-ure), reconcile self. (E-sword)
God takes delight in our happiness. He wants us to be happy and to succeed! Anything that you want for your child, God wants for you.
I choose a specific word each year, not to be weird, or different or funny… but it helps me stick to my goals. My main goal is to see the beggar on the corner of the street happy this year. I want to be a pillar for them that helps them up out of darkness. I want to show them the light of Jesus! The Saviour!!
What is your word for this year?