It’s that time of year again. Time to choose a word for the year. Last year it seemed pretty easy. This year is a different story.
The idea is to ask God to impress one word on your heart–a theme for the year. Last year’s word was “persevere.” I knew from the moment the ball dropped in Times’ Square 2011 was going to be a year that required keeping at it. I knew there were so many areas of my life that I needed to just keep going in, putting one foot in front of the other (so to speak, since I couldn’t walk at this time last year). It was the perfect word for 2011.
I persevered through learning to walk again not once but twice. I pushed on through recovering from 5 surgeries. I persevered through some challenging situations with finances, with day to day life, with ministry. Family illness and surgeries added a few more surpirses, a few more trips, and a few more opportunities to persevere.
Persevere was the perfect word for 2011.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve asked God repeatedly what my word for 2012 is. In the face of silence, I’ve suggested a few. “How about ‘rest’, Lord?” That seemed like a really good one. “No, not ‘rest.” So what about ‘joy’ . . . ‘security’ . . . ‘adventure’ . . . ‘beach’ . . . ‘friendship’?” Nothing. “How about two words, Abba—‘love’ and ‘marriage’ ? They go together like a horse and carriage!” “You’re right . . . I’d wonder all year if I’d heard you correctly on those.” When I just said, “OK, Lord. You tell me.” He was pretty silent.
I’m not sure if that means “persevere” continues to be my word for 2012 or if I just don’t need to know my word yet. In either case, I’m going to keep persevering in 2012. If God gives me a new word for the year, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, I’m about ready to jump back into the thick of ministry–sore throat, runny nose and all. If everything goes as planned, this year holds a lot of travel, some big steps of new programs that make me wonder if I’m stepping out in faith or stupidity, and resolve to keep finding creative and restorative outlets.
What’s your word for 2012? What are you going to keep doing from 2011?