One Word 2018

by Tammy on December 20, 2017

A couple of nights ago I was lying in bed and realized that I hadn’t yet chosen a word for 2018, not that I can even remember what my 2017 word was because I totally blew it off early in the year. I guess it just wasn’t meaningful enough to me. Anyway, coincidentally, the very next morning I received an email from the One Word site reminding me that it was time to choose my new word. I had a lot of ideas running through my head, and I even chose one, but it was not speaking to me. Last night I did the same thing; I lay in bed pondering what I wanted to accomplish next year. Well, there is a lot that I want to do, actually. I will be starting my Ph.D program on January 15th. We are planning to put the house up for sale this spring and move to Florida or Alabama. And I have no idea what else life will throw at me between January 1st and December 31st.

I need to be very focused in order to work on the house and on doctoral studies. But I also cannot neglect my relationship with God, something that is easy to put on the back burner if I do not make a concerted effort to “squeeze in” my prayer and Bible reading time. So, I thought “focus” would be a good word, but it’s a bit too generic. Determination and persistence both crossed my mind as well, but again, they weren’t really meaningful to me. They are important, but they do not exemplify my goals for this year. My goal is to live coram deo, before the face of God, and how do I do that? Well, I need to acknowledge God’s attributes. He is righteous, holy, just, unchanging, merciful, and he deserves my praise and adoration. If I do not recognize His qualities, I will not take the time or make the effort to worship him. So my One Word for this year is going to be “worship.” It is my hope that as I focus on worshiping God, I will be reminded daily of His glory and excellence. Won’t you join me in choosing a word this year that will remind you to glorify God in your life?

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Susan December 31, 2017 at 3:35 am

Hi Tammy, that is a good word since there are several ways to worship.

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