I love the idea of choosing a word for the year. It’s a quick and easy way to remind me what I want to focus on. The best part is you can’t fail like you do when you make resolutions that fizzes out in a couple of months. A word of the year truly last the entire year because it focuses on changing the intent of your heart.
The hardest part is picking the word. For me, I want the word I choose to stretch me out of my comfort zone and help me grow as a person. Before choosing my word of the year I spent a considerable amount of time in prayer seeking wisdom and discernment. I also spent some time reflecting on the who I am working on becoming.
I decided what I want most out of this year and years to come is to be present and purposeful in my everyday life. I want to be a better student of the word, wife, mother, sister, friend, neighbor, and servant. I want to leave enough margin in my life to act when I feel led. I want to stop wasting away my days and start growing into the person God has called me to be.
My Word of the Year is INTENTIONAL
When I hear the word intentional it reminds of the story of Queen Esther in the bible. She was asked to confront the king, who was her husband, about an edict that would annihilate all the Jews, of which she was. Doing so would mean risking death, the penalty for approaching the king without being summoned.
Esther was understandably hesitant. Mordecai, her cousin, who raised her after the death of her parents, reminded her of this “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)
What Esther did next was intentionally ask Mordecai and all the Jews to fast and pray. She would do the same. In three days, she would willingly confront the king regardless of the possible penalty. She then intentional set about approaching the king. She deliberately and purposefully went about asking him to annul the edict. She did it respectfully, knowing how to find favor with the king. Thus, the Jews were spared.
I want to be ready and willing to intentionally act when my position as a child of God calls me for all my such a time as this moments.
What do you think about having a Word of the Year?
Do you have one? What is it and why?