It’s January 23. You still have time to claim your Word of the Year. For why you should, see these pithy posts by Claire here and here (short, I promise.) If you like more than short, read this: My One Word.
In short, your One Word does all this:
… imbues the type of year you wish to have, and a word that can serve as a guidepost for what you want in the year to come. One simple word you can always harken back to in moments of darkness and doubt. One word that informs your decisions, that crystalizes your passions and priorities, and that embodies – well – everything. Claire Diaz Ortiz
Your Word of the Year imbues, guides, harkens, informs, crystalizes. Love the verbs. Verbs do things and your WOTY will do these and more for you.
You may wonder:
I don’t like to be pinned down. What if I make a mistake? What if I change my mind? What if I choose the wrong word?
Relax. You’re not under contract. You won’t lose your soul or your place in line.
Writer/speaker/Christ-follower, Cynthia Heald chooses a VOTY – Verse of the Year. She asks God every year for one verse He wants to meld into her soul. More than One Word, yes, but it’s THE Word–so even more focus, more change, more life.
Last year my word was Winsome.
I love that word. I didn’t think of it daily but wish I had. I should have read these words more than once:
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.
So this year, I’ll plan on keeping my One Word where I can see it, read it, pray it. I may tape it on lampshades, the fridge, nightlights, night goggles, my glasses, the M&M’s.
I mulled over some good choices: Abide, Rest, Abandon…but after a bit, settled on a Two Word:
I like adding the adverb. I want to be a good listener – not a half-hearted, one ear to my thoughts and one ear to God’s. Not a I’m-doing-my-best-kind of listener, but still distracted by frets and feuds. No. I’ll take the Two Word WOTY and Listen (Well.)
Listening implies doing, but that’s another subject and you may need to get to work.
Lord, what word do You want for my 2017? What do You want imbued in my life and informing my decisions? Help me remember what You want from me this year – another year of our Lord. Amen.
Let me know what you hear. I may need it for 2018.
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