Welcome to 2017. Every year it is a habit of many in my family to choose a word for the year. Literally, I mean one word, or perhaps a phrase if necessary. Last year, the word I choose was ‘gratitude’. I tried to live out 2016 with thoughts of alI I am grateful for. It was easy to come up with a very long list.
This year, I have decided the word for 2017 is ‘relationships’! Over the past couple of months I have been reading a wonderful book by Richard Rohr entitled The Divine Dance. It has impressed me so much I have purchased a beautiful icon painting of The Trinity by Andrei Rublev. I highly recommend the reading of Rohr’s book. It helps me to see just how important relationships are for all of us. I think of the relationships I have with my wife and family, my colleagues and especially with my students.
The book causes me to examine the relationships I have with all those I am called to lead. I look forward to a wonderful 2017 and hope to put all my relationships first before anything else. It is what will make all the difference.