I used to make resolutions.
I don’t any more … Too many resolutions were broken (many before they were even
A few years ago, I decided instead to choose a “word for the year.” These words
helped to “put first things first,” to give me a guideline of how I wanted to
live that year. Words like focus, integrity, purposeful … Words that would make me think a bit differently,
behave a bit differently.
As I prayerfully reflected on a word, the Lord would also give me a verse to go
along with it. For example, the word for 2015 was purposeful. The verse associated with it was Colossians 1:29. I
wanted to be purposeful to do God’s will and to touch lives for Him.
What I found is this “word for the year” encompassed everything in my life: my
work, my relationships, my ministry. It brought things down to the basics: how
do I want to live my life? With focus, with integrity, with purpose … all for
the glory of God.
I don’t know how you look forward to each year, but may I invite you to try
finding your “word for the year.” Pray about it.