Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

I recently attended a high school graduation ceremony of a friend’s son. In his commencement address, the pastor told the following joke:

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and went to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his friend.

“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied, “I see millions of stars.”

“What does that tell you?”

Watson pondered for a minute, sure Holmes was once again testing him.

“Astronomically, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.”
“Astrologically, I observe Saturn is in Leo.”
“Horologically, I deduce the time is approximately a quarter past three.”
“Theologically, I can see God is all powerful and we are small and insignificant.”
“Meteorologically, I suspect we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.”

“What does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes was silent for a moment, then spoke. “Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent!”

The pastor pointed out that in Watson’s attempt to impress Holmes, he missed what was right in front of him. Then he exhorted the graduates to be careful they don’t make the same mistake.

I thought about his exhortation as I considered the past six months and the impact of my one word for 2016: joy. I blogged about the reasons for my choice earlier this year.


What difference has this word made? The most important difference is that I’ve been more intentional about noticing what’s right in front of me.




My husband of 38 years.



The privilege of teaching and writing.

The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God.

Focusing on joy has helped me slow down and smell the coffee. Well maybe not slow down as much as I’d like, but definitely stopping to smell the coffee more often!

Looking forward to seeing what the next six months bring!

Did you choose One Word for 2016? Share your word…and your progress in the comments!

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1 Comment

  1. Mickey

    Without faith I couldn’t exist. I have faith that my Lord and Savior is in charge of everything and He will win. I have faith that my husband loves me and we will be together forever, no matter what. I have faith that my money will be sufficient for me to live comfortably for the rest of my life I live by faith. Some people think that I am naive. But I’m not. I just have faith that it will all work out.
    FAITH is my word.


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