For 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?”
“What is the worst thing that can happen?”
Or, “Does this project I am thinking of taking on fit with my life purposes?”
“Am I taking it 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?”
For 2022, I’m praying for God to point out a word for me.
A few years ago, my word was,“Be.” Too often I am distracted and not paying attention to the now. I usually find it easier to DO than to simply BE.
I tried to choose to BE –to enjoy what I had and who I have, while I have them.
I’m still praying on 2022’s word.
If you want to choose a word for 2022, ask God to guide you.