Word of the Year: Winsome!
1. generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence
2. cheerful, lighthearted
I love it! Childlike charm, engaging, generally pleasing. I like that word generally. Maybe I won’t please everybody, never all the time. But generally–a worthy goal.
Some things are best defined by their opposite:
I want to be winsome. . . I don’t want to be grouchy, irritable, cantankerous (MOI? yes, moi.)
I want to be winsome in 2016. . . I don’t want to be impatient, crotchety, testy, tetchy, bad-tempered, cross. Mom used that word cross. It’s a good one. When I’m crotchety and testy, I’m at cross-purposes with Jesus.
I want to be winsome in 2016. . . I don’t want to be snappish, waspish (waspish? as in wasp? my, my)–crabby, grumpy, curmudeonly. (Yes, a word. I love a good thesaurus. The Man-in-Plaid gave me a giant thesaurus one year for my birthday. True love. Not sure why he wanted to encourage more words than I already owned, but I loved it.)
Why be winsome?
- People will love me more, but that’s not the reason.
- People will enjoy my company more. Nope, that’s not it.
- My kids will look forward to coming home–not only for the food. True, but not why I chose Winsome.
I want to be winsome because I know people who don’t know God. (You do, too.) They don’t know His winsome welcome is for them. I want to be that. Not generally winsome, all-the-time-winsome.
Suppose God is the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him–what an impertinence worry is! Let the attitude of life be a continual dependence upon God, and your life will have an ineffable charm about it which is a satisfaction to Jesus. My Utmost for His Highest, January 2.
That’s it. I want a life of ineffable charm wrapped up in childlike trust in a God I love. Don’t you? I’ll share. You can choose winsome, too.
“…what an impertinence worry is!”
I have to admit, our puppy Holliday can be winsome (when not eating my shoes and large pieces of wood.) She loves and trusts–not a worry in the world: ineffable charm. Here she is loving on Emre, our dear friend from Turkey. Charmed, indeed.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14 The Message
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