My husband came home from his night job at 3:30 a.m., reached into the fridge for something to eat and a jar of salsa came crashing down splattering glass and tomatoes all over the place.
After a few expletives...he cleaned up the immediate mess and informed me that I might need to check for more pieces of glass and clean out the fridge when I got up.
Come morning I cautiously made my way into the kitchen and began the laborious task of emptying out the refrigerator, removing the drawers and shelves, tossing out anything of unknown origin or expired, and putting it all back together again.
That about sums up 2012 for me...
There have been many messy jars of salsa, more than a few scary shards of glass and numerous nights of let's sleep on it and take a fresh look in the morning, this year.
Some years are just like that. Sometimes we need to be shaken out of our comfy little world, face up to the clutter in our lives and remember on Whom we are dependent. Sometimes it takes peeling away the layers of stuff that can accumulate over time and discarding what is no longer good or necessary, putting everything back into it's proper place and starting new.
That's what 2013 is for me...a fresh start. Not that bad things won't happen to me because they most likely will, but I don't want to allow the clutter of stuff (not only material but mental) to cause me to grow complacent or too comfortable.
I was contemplating a word to sum it all up and for 2013 it is PASSION. I want to live each day of my life with passion and purpose as if it were my last. I don't want to spend another year overwhelmed with stuff, thinking someday when I have time...
I want someday to be today.
"...What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation." Galatians 6:15
What about you? Do you have a word for 2013?