WHAT’S YOUR WORD?
I stopped making resolutions years ago. Instead, I decided to adopt a word or phrase with an accompanying scripture passage. I did not hasten to zoom in on my â€œword or phraseâ€ but decided to let God lay it on my heart in His time during the year. Sometimes it didnâ€™t come for weeks; other times I knew from the get-go. I discovered that New Year â€œwordsâ€ were more common than I realized. I began hearing folks asking, â€œWhatâ€™s your word for this year?â€
I was rather impressed with one writer/publisher who chose the word â€œrefineâ€ for 2021. She said she wants to incorporate the concept into her personal and professional life by asking the question: What is the treasure I will give generously to Jesus in 2021? She began thinking about her â€œwordâ€ during the Christmas season likening it to the Wise Men who brought treasures to the newborn King.
As I pulled out my handwritten blue notebook of Great Verses and saw my words from years gone by, I decided to share some of them with you. Perhaps they will inspire you to develop your own word (if you havenâ€™t already) for 2021 â€“ a word that can give focus to your activities throughout the year and provide insights into Godâ€™s. You can be sure He will show Himself through the word you choose. I can attest to that! I recommend writing down your word so that you can do as I have done to go back and see it from previous years. I smiled remembering the reasons why I chose it or the outcomes that came from my words that particular year.
Here are some of my words:
Power â€“ God gave me a vision with this one following my choice. I wish, I wish, I wish I had recorded the vision but alas, I did not. The verse is quite fitting: â€œMay he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to doâ€ (II Thess. 1:11). I often reminded myself that His power resided within me. Not only was I humbled by that thought, but I was also, well, empowered.
Look for the joy â€“ This phrase caught my attention from having repeatedly read scripture referencing joy. I adopted the phrase for the year. Soon after doing so, the devil roared loudly with a dreadful encounter involving a dear friend who was going through a hard time. She left me dumbfounded with her harsh words and bold accusations. Through my tears, I searched for the joy to surface. It finally did through an apology and heartfelt words. Needless to say, that year helped me grow spiritually as I sought the joy sometimes in desperate circumstances. â€œOur hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everythingâ€ (II Cor 6:10).
Thankfulness â€“ a small wooden plaque perched in front of my computer monitor at work that read â€œIn Everything Give Thanks.â€ I decided to reinforce that idea throughout the year. Not only did I put it into practice, but I found myself encouraging a few others that visited my office to do the same. Certainly it helped put things in perspective. â€œBe thankful in all circumstances, for this is Godâ€™s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (I Thess 5:18).
Blessing â€“ The memory of my cancer journey, my healing from it, and the development of my Ewe R Blessed Ministry branded this word in my heart and mind. I sometimes struggle with accepting the blessings from God that He pours out upon me. I know He loves me and wants to bless me; I also know it is a blessing to do the same for others. â€œYou go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my headâ€ (Psalm 139:5).
Hereâ€™s one more before I reveal my word for 2021.
Prayer â€“ That year I focused specifically on the Lordâ€™s Prayer. I wanted to learn how to pray better and deeper so I looked to the model prayer. I took each phrase throughout the year and gave it contemplation. This was a different approach from what I had ever done but proved profitable. The scripture came from Matthew 6:9-13.
And now for the big reveal. (All of a sudden I feel like Iâ€™m at a gender reveal party!) Because of the year weâ€™ve all experienced, because of the societal isolations, distance, and protection we had to implement, my word came easy.
Reconnect â€“ Friends will no longer be put on hold. Lunch dates will resume and vacations will return. Itâ€™s an action word pointing to the time for me to reconnect beyond my lame attempts throughout 2020. Iâ€™m looking forward to doing so not only with friends and loved ones but with God in new and exciting ways.
Now that Iâ€™ve shared with you, tell me what your word is going to be for 2021?