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The One Word I Want to Define My Year & My Life
Word of the year. I’m sure you’ve heard these words floating around, especially in the online world. I have for several years but never chose a word for myself. I never really felt led to. It seemed so suffocating and restricting. I have lots of goals and plans and ideas. What am I supposed to do with one word?
I had no intention of doing it this year either but something started happening the last few months of 2017. Amazing things. I learned FINALLY! how much God loved me. Despite my many, many faults and failure to deserve that sort of love. Despite waking up every day wanting to be good and do better but consistently failing.
I hope to share the story of finding my identity and love in Christ one day and some of the steps the Lord led me through. Would that be something you are interested in?
Since that breakthrough, I’ve been hearing God whisper one word to me over and over, and I have made my first ever word of the year!
Why choose a word?
I used to think that choosing a word meant you were choosing the word instead of choosing to make goals, and I love goal setting! It is true that some people choose a word, instead of picking goals for the year, and that’s what works for them. But you can do what works best for you. Personally, I’ll still be setting quarterly goals.
One big thing I was reminded of when I was doing my end of year review, we are more than just our goals. We are more than just our accomplishments and failures. We have big wins and small wins, struggles, memories, God is moving in our lives daily.
I want my focus and my decisions to be centered around this one word. To define my year by this word. When 2018 is over, I want someone to be able to look at my life and say “this year Jessica fully surrendered to the Lord.” If I don’t accomplish any of my quarterly goals, 2018 will still be a success. What do you want to be the main theme of your life this year?
Not sure? Start with prayer and asking the Lord to show you. Give yourself room to breathe and think and hear from Him. What draws you in? What do you want to be remembered for? I found a great post that will take you through 5 steps to choose your word of the year.
Come on…What’s the word?
It isn’t glamorous or productivity driven. It’s often viewed as a negative thing.
Surrender can have such a negative feeling attached to it. Surrender…give up…”who you talking to? I’m no quitter. I’m strong.”
The definition of surrender is to – give up, hand over, stop resisting, lose. There’s nothing really appealing about those things. It sounds so WEAK.
Here’s the biblical definition of surrender – for the believer to give up his own will and subject his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will of the Lord. Let me be completely honest here and say that’s a little scary. It doesn’t really sound much more appealing than man’s definition of surrender.
What does surrender mean to me?
Surrender, to me, is not the same as giving up. Surrender is looking to Christ, instead of your own thoughts, feelings, experiences. Believing Him and His truth over what you know, think and feel.
Surrender then isn’t weakness but strength. It takes strength to have faith in, believe in, and to accept for yourself something different than what you know from your life’s experience. To have faith in God’s truth that you’ve read in the bible but remains unknown to you is hard! That takes strength, faith, fearlessness, trust.
When we choose to look to Christ instead of ourselves and how we feel, that is our surrender. That is how we surrender our life, free will, feelings, and future to Him.
To put surrender another way it is to take control away from our own thoughts and feelings and give that control to God…over and over and over.
I don’t have all the answers. Preparing for this post I tried to come up with all the answers. Perfection is always trying to take over. I want to remain open to the process throughout the year, to see God move. I want to learn and define surrender more as my life’s experiences are molded by it.
This verse describes what I want perfectly…to be filled with the fullness of God – to become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself! In order for there to be more of God, there has to be less of me. Lord, I surrender.
I just found this song yesterday. It fits in so perfectly. 🙂
Do you do a word of the year?
I’d love to know your word!