Having one word to define my year has been a process of intentionally pursuing the heart of God. It’s a way to focus my thoughts and seek God in a new way. Each word has been a revelation of who God is.
2012: Intentional helped me see my life in light of eternity so I could live my life with purpose.
2013: Hope reminded me no matter the circumstances I always have hope because I always have Jesus.
2014: Delight taught me EVERY good and perfect gift comes from God.
2015: Believe has been a year of seeing ALL things are possible with God.
While I still make goals for the year, my one word focuses my heart on Him. Because “few things are needed—or indeed only one” (Luke 10:42b).
Now, the planner in me has been seeking God for my one word for 2016 since July. And while “be still” is a message I need, it wasn’t the word for me. “Focus” was the next contender, but I knew for me it lacked something because it didn’t define the focus.
I started worrying as 2015 seemed to be ending, and this post was looming, and my word was missing. I knew I had to do more than spend time asking God for my word. I needed to spend time listening to His heart … quietly … being still with Him.
Then in a Sunday morning message, I felt God’s prompting that I would receive my one word. And even before the pastor got to that point in his message, I knew the word “rest” was God’s word for me.
As the pastor continued to teach on how faith rests in the goodness of God, he talked about the difference in how an orphan tries to prove themselves but a child rests in their parents’ love.
Friend, I don’t know if you need to hear the words you are enough, just as you are. I know I do. I can get caught up in the comparison trap and see all the ways I don’t measure up. But we don’t need to strive and work for God’s love. Our Heavenly Father loves us just. as. we. are.
I’d love to know: Have you used a word to define your year before? What words has God given you? What word will you use to define 2016?
Rest in His presence.