I have just recently seen somewhere that people focus on one word to focus on this year. Some chose Smile, some Faith. It got me to thinking…‘what word should I focus on this year?’ Of course, many words came to my mind. I have so much personal character failures that one word can describe. I kept thinking…and thinking…and thinking. Not one word stood out above the other. So, I kept thinking.
Perseverance. Trust. Submission.
All those things would change me a lot, but I didn’t think they should be the word of the year.
Then I thought what my character suffered most…at least didn’t always show…
I say I have love, but many times I find myself displaying hate. The Bible says in Matthew 5:44 ‘But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’ Honestly, I wouldn’t be able to do that! I don’t do that. Pray for those who persecute me? Bless those who cure me? Love my enemies? That is a tall order, but it makes sense in Luke 6:32: ‘For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.’ It is going to be hard, but it is neccessary.
So my goal this year is to love. Love my neighbor more than myself. Love my enemies. Pray for my persecutors. With love I can have trust and will be able to submit. So one word can work for three! It’s kind of like a All-for-one-and-one-for-all thing.
What would your word of the year be? Please share!
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