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Happy New Year!
I love how the new year causes us to pause our busy schedules and reflect. We think about the past year, both the good and the bad, and think about what we want our new year to be.
Some people determine a “Word of the Year” by evaluating a trend or theme from the last year while others take time to choose a word for the coming year. The latter is a proactive approach in focusing your attention what you would like to see. It’s about being intentional in your thoughts, words, and actions.
Last year, I chose the word SHINE. You can read more about it here: 2017 Word of the Year, but to recap I reminded myself to be a light to those around me. I became determined to not be shy about my faith, my beliefs, or even my talents.
2018’s Word of the Year has been a struggle for me. I have been thinking and praying about it, but unable to officially choose it until today. I came to the realization that I have been fighting the exact word God wants me to have as I face 2018.
My 2018 Word of the Year – HOPE
You’re probably wondering why I was struggling with a word like hope. Well, I guess part of me thought I needed something new. It felt like a cop-out that the word I was contemplating was already in my life verse and the origination of this very blog.
And as I was struggling with choosing my Word of the Year, it seemed as if God was trying to get me to just choose it already. December 2017 rolled on, and it seemed like everyone was talking about how Advent reminds them of Hope. My local Pastor even had a sermon about Hope. He described the Hope we have in Christ as a “know-so” hope, not a “hope-so” hope.
That is just the reminder I need in my life. Christmas reminds us of the promise of Christ coming to earth as a baby to become the payment for our sins on the cross, conquering death in His resurrection. And He is coming again some day to gather up believers to live with Him forever. In Heaven, there will be no more grieving, hurts, and pains. I, for one, can’t wait to leave those troubles behind. I am confident in the “know-so” hope I place in Christ.
Even as I face these earthly troubles, I can place my Hope in God that He already knows the outcome and is in control of each and every situation to the tiniest detail. This is something I learned facing the death of my daughter, the tumors I continue to get (that have thankfully been benign!), and as my family faces another mountain in front of us affecting my Dad.
But no matter what, I have hope. And that hope is going to see me thrive in 2018.
What’s your Word of the Year?
If you find yourself stumped at picking a word for 2018, Dayspring has a 7-question quiz to give you a “Word of Truth.” Granted, it has a limit in the amount of words it can choose from, but it is a great springboard. I took it when I was wrestling with Hope and received the word “brave.” That seemed to go well with last year’s word, but I knew in my gut that it wasn’t right for 2018. But take the quiz as you may end up with the exact word God wants you to focus on. Either way, spend some time in prayer and think about what you want from 2018 (or rather what God wants from you this year) to help you determine your Word of the Year.
Comment below with your Word of the Year choice!
More Word of the Year Examples
Kimberly Dewberry of Transforming Normal:
Because of the patterns of sin, I have repeated in my life because I am an adult child of an alcoholic, God wants me to know I am loved despite my past. Over the past two years, God has worked hard in my life to help me overcome my past, find serenity in my present, and He will transform my future as a result. I no longer fall back into my patterns of codependency, control, and excessive shopping and stay there because my empty spaces are being met by a God who loves me. This year I will live, breath, be, know, and pray my one word—GRACE.
Angela of The Diligent Woman:
Dynamic can be used as a noun or an adjective, and means pretty much the same thing. It describes a process or system that is characterized by constant change, activity or progress OR it is the force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process. THAT is what I want The Diligent Woman to be, or be described as, in 2018.
Alyssa Avant of alyssaavant.com:
My word is confidence. I chose this word because I have noticed so much in 2017 that I lack confidence, but ultimately I want confidence that comes from Christ.
Pam of First Step Right:
Goals do not define me; who or what I choose to BE does so I must be vertical first. Vertical will be my word for as long as is necessary for me to cement my identity even further. Perhaps it will be my life word.
Kay of Cultivate My Heart:
Recently I’ve been reading a book by Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender. And once again a word confronts me. Discipline. I’ve always struggled with it. But I love the way Elliot frames it a bit differently. Discipline isn’t about willpower; it is about obedience.