I’ve chosen a “Word” for the year for–I cannot even remember how many years. Last year, my word was “Rhythm.” And I did try to establish more of a healthy “rhythm” in my life. I am sure I am further along than if I had not focused on it.
For these many years, I have prayed about and come up with a “word for the year.” (Yes, I do also write goals for the year!) However, besides Bible reading, when the going gets tough and life is hectic and you are trying to get the kids out the door for school with lunches in hand, remembering “one word” is about all I can realistically hang on to some days.
In the past, I have had words such as “purpose,” or “perspective”. When I get into a “situation” during the course of the year—by this I mean one of those times when I am overwhelmed, stressed, very tired, got my feelings hurt, quite sad, exceedingly glad, or worried— I think of my “word.” I might ask myself something like, “OK, what is the best perspective in this particular situation for the long haul?”
“What is the perspective of the other person?”
“Am I so upset because I have neglected the rhythm of personal prayer time the last week?” Or,
“Am I taking this on because of guilt or trying to please someone? What is the purpose of this project?”
“Am I living my life on purpose, or am I letting others set my agenda for me?”
This may sound a bit simple. However, simple is what I need. Consider asking God if there is something He wants you to focus on this year!