Words are super important.
If you don’t think so, spend just one day in another culture surrounded by a community of people speaking in a language other than English.
When you don’t understand what’s being spoken…
…it doesn’t take long to realize how important words are. Words give direction, bring clarification and set the tone.
Speaking of words, in recent years I’ve chosen a Bible verse for the year; simple words to bring a theme to my days. It was something I’d heard others talk about doing but wasn’t sure of the need for it in my life. Is it necessary to choose a verse for an effective walk with God? No, but I’ve found it beneficial in many ways.
I’ve seen God use my chosen verse (simple words) to bring focus.
It’s amazing, and so like God – the verse will repeatedly come back to me throughout the year – in a message or devotion, during a conversation, when online – bringing direction again and again. I’ve also found my verse a good conversation starter.
So, if a verse then why not just a word? God can give us just a word for the year we are about to go through. This is not an attempt to trivialize or take the focus off God’s Word (as in my verse for the year). His Word is my guideline and my lifeline! Just one word, though, might be an even better conversation starter, especially when talking with non-Christians.
Thanks to Oneword365 (and God) I now have just a word for 2015.
“Forget New Year’s Resolutions,” their website says, “and choose just one word.” I love it! Check out their site to find out more about Oneword365.
And so, friends, here we are just twenty-one days into the new year.
Both my word and verse are doing their work already. God is giving direction, bringing clarification and setting the tone. Back in December, a verse in Psalm 27 began to speak to my heart. It seemed everywhere I looked or listened, the verse was there.
By the time January 1st arrived, I knew Psalm 27.14 would be my verse for the year.
About mid-January, as I began to think about just a word for the year, I realized it was right there in front of me. In the middle of my already chosen verse, God was saying, “Wait.” Wait for the Lord. Be strong. Let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord.