Last year during a devotional at my small group, Joelle, my good friend, shared that we should choose one word to focus on for the year – to gain inspiration from – to have others encourage you – to find Bible Verses about – just one word. That sounded easy. I always had trouble with my Resolutions at New Years but I think one word was something I could handle. I never dreamed what an impact it would have on me. What’s funny is that I remember all of my friends in our small group’s “one word” and can remind them, encourage them and pray for them with that one word.
My word came so quickly, while I was driving to work one morning and a song came on the radio – “I will Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle. I felt the word and TRUST became my WOTY. I have shared in other blogs what it meant to me and how it changed my life. Please refer to my blog entitled https://leighchristian.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/why-my-word-for-the-year-changed-my-life-trust/
From Wikipedia – The word(s) of the year, sometimes capitalized as “Word(s) of the Year” and abbreviated “WOTY” (or “WotY”), refers to any of various assessments as to the most important word(s) or expression(s) during a specific year. The German tradition, Wort des Jahres was started in 1971.
Choosing a Word of the Year helps simplify your life and helps you focus on one idea for the entire year. It is easy to remember, easy to find inspiration, and easy to talk to God about. I always had a hard time finding God speak to me in my Bible, but when I searched for my word – the scriptures seemed to come alive and talk to me. It was so special! It helped me and it guided me through the year. Sometimes we make things so complicated with our to-do lists, our devotional books, our mind goes in so many directions and we get distracted. Having that one word to focus on and to get us back on track is really a great way to grow.
There is a great book/website that can guide you in much more detail and I got many ideas from it! http://myoneword.org/pick-your-word/ I started looking for my new word this year by Praying – talking to God about it and sharing what I wanted. God didn’t give me any signs. I was really starting to get frustrated. I even thought God chose the word PATIENCE for me. I googled, I looked up scriptures and I even looked for inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy. After all this research I had written down words on a notecard by my bed. I tried to figure out what these words all had in common; and I realized they all had a focus but I couldn’t find the right word yet. All the words seem to focus on – impacting and inspiring the person I am with at that moment. I continued to pray for the word and kept reading scriptures searching, then I decided I just needed to meditate and pray but most important – LISTEN. I even thought that might be my word this year – I could see I needed to listen with God, and with others. I am always in action mode and want to do something to solve issues; when sometimes I need to sit back and listen. Listen – was not my word. I wish I could say that I heard God speak the word DISCIPLE to me, but that didn’t happen. The word just came to my mind. It was not a word that I would have chosen because I really wasn’t sure what to do with it. I went to the first verse that I knew included the word DISCIPLE. Matthew 28:19-20
It became clear to me that DISCIPLE was my word. My focus for the year, my inspiration, my guide and my vision. In some of Jesus’ last words – this was his instruction to us. This was important and I needed to get busy. I received confirmation several times over the weeks after I chose my word. One was big – our church had chosen a word for the year and it was DISCIPLESHIFT. I love when God provides confirmation. I get excited over the word now and know it is my word for the year (woty).
So I encourage you – choose your Word of the Year! Pray, read scriptures, but most of all listen to God to give to you. I would love for you to share with me in your journey for your word. I would love to pray for you to find your word and most of all – I would LOVE to pray for you when you find your Word. I hope this will inspire you and I hope that your word will mean something to you.
Always in prayer,