I know what you're thinking. Yes, I do realize that it is February.
I am a little late with the Word of the Year stuff. But it's important so I'm posting about it.
The whole idea behind the Word of the Year is that you contemplate your weaknesses, or areas that need work, then you choose a word that you can use as a reminder to spend time developing and strengthening those weak areas.
Some people automatically know what word will be their focus, while others spend time in prayer, asking for guidance to choose the right word. I chose the prayer route, once again. I mean, I want to focus my life's direction in the way of the Lord, right?
I have found that a funny thing happens when you choose a word like this. When you begin to focus on your word, you will tested, stretched, and grown in more ways than you can imagine. And it begins immediately! Choosing a Word of the Year is so much better than making a resolution....not necessarily easier, but definitely better.
Last year my word was BELIEVE. It served me well. My faith was tested, and ultimately deepened, by my resolve to believe that God is with me, always. To be honest, I was a little sad to put this word away.
As I was searching and praying for my new word, BELIEVE kept popping up again and again. I struggled to understand why I was unable to move past it. It seemed like every bible verse I settled on had a reference to faith and believing. Maybe I need more work in that area? I don't know. And then, I came across this verse:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a
life worthy of
the calling you have received.
Okay....Now we're getting somewhere!
I knew instantly, like being hit by a ton of bricks,
that my word for 2010 is ..................
Wouldn't that be the same as believing in yourself?!?! It's no coincidence that my daughter gave me a new coffee mug for Christmas that says, "BELIEVE believe in the power of believing in yourself". How awesome is that?!?! It was the perfect tie-in from the old year to the new year and I didn't even catch it until the first week of January....after I had chosen my new word.
I've spent the past year believing, but not necessarily believing in myself. I have definitely put myself on the back burner. Most days I never even made it on the stove top, if you know what I mean...
Isn't it great to see God working in you, on you, and hopefully, through you?
So, it's February and I've been living under the word WORTHY for a month now. And yes, I am being stretched and tested already. I can see great possibilities in 2010.
And that, my friends, is definitely a good thing.