Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
Did you choose a “word for the year” at the beginning of 2023? Many people did. It has become a friendlier variation on the New-Year’s-Resolution theme.
Researchers say resolutions last between two weeks and one month. I was surprised they lasted that long.
However, a word is less threatening, less likely to hold failure over our head when we quit.
A word gives us the feeling that it will be our friend even if we don’t live up to it or, worse, forget about it.
In my Winter Newsletter last month, I shared my personal word for the year (Redemption) and asked readers to share theirs. A random winner was chosen from those who replied, and that person received a free e-copy of one of my books.
Out of 2,400 readers, nine replied. And surprisingly enough, none of their chosen words were duplicated.
Here is the list:
Some readers elaborated on their reason for choosing a particular word, and it was evident that each one took the challenge seriously.
The first person I know of to choose a specific word at the outset of something is John, the disciple of Jesus who penned the Gospel that carries his name.
In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
and the Word was God (John 1:1).
In this context, there is a lot more to “word” than one might expect, for part of its original meaning in the Greek (logos) is “Divine Expression,” as in “Christ.”
And God Himself began creation with a word, as recorded in Genesis 1:3 –
“And God said … ”
Pretty potent stuff, words.
Of course our words don’t pack that kind of punch, but they’re not powerless. They direct, guard, assist, encourage, and flavor our attitudes and speech … they touch the other people in our lives.
For example, look at word No. 5 – kindness. Imagine the difference in our world if people chose that word to guide their thoughts, speech, and actions.
If you haven’t already done so, pick a word for the year and see where it goes. It’s not too late. Don’t talk yourself out of it because January is gone and February is more than half over.
Start now, because now is all we have. We don’t get yesterday and tomorrow isn’t here yet.
Pick a word. Choose one from the list above or another one the Lord whispers to your heart. Let today be your new beginning.
If you’d like to share your “word for the year,” I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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Rather than allow discouragement to root, Mary flicked the reins on Sassy’s shiny back, eager to see Cañon City from a new
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thoroughfare was wider than she remembered, and muddy from the recent rain. No doubt it churned with slush in the winter. But a spring rain symbolized hope for new life and fresh starts. Hers in particular. ~ Hope Is Built
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