Have you ever decided to choose a word for the new year? The purpose of choosing a word for the new year is to kind of pick a theme for your year, something inspirational. This is similar to making resolutions, except it’s a theme to live by, not just a list of goals. I like to pick a word, because when I lose focus, I just simply remember my word, and I helps me to get back on track.
For the past three years I have chosen a word for the year. One year I picked the word “fearless.” I felt that I was spending a lot of time being afraid of change, new or unfamiliar situations, the changing world, the future. Fear will paralyze us. It will keep us trapped, and we will never do anything for God if we live in fear. Fear shows a lack of faith. I heard a quote, although I can’t remember who said it, but it says “We fear man so much, because we fear God so little.” Great quote isn’t it. I remember thinking I don’t want to be someone who worries more about what man thinks of me, than what God thinks. Fear doesn’t come from God, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God Hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Isn’t that what we need, power, love and a sound mind. Fear robs us of all these. We can live fearless if we remember Isaiah 41:13 “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
Another year, I chose the word “balance.” Do you ever feel out of balance. It seems like sometimes, I’m doing really well on my eating plan, but can’t be consistent with my exercise. Another example is that I will do great at daily Bible reading, but my prayer life isn’t so great. It’s really hard to keep everything in check. Balance is very important. It comes through diligence, determination, and faithfulness. Balance allows us to live with power and purpose daily. Here’s another good quote (source unknown), “There are no short cuts to any place worth going!” Staying balanced is a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.
This year I tried to think of a word that would keep me motivated in all my goals for the new year. My word for this year is …
Persistence is defined as: continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Did you get that last part, “in spite of difficulty or opposition. Difficulty will come, it’s predictable when you are trying to do something good. It never fails that whenever I set my mind on goals for the new year, that I run into roadblocks. There is always something that makes my goals more difficult to accomplish, so I don’t accomplish them. I give up. This year, in spite of the roadblocks, I want to persevere and reach my goals. Persistence is a word that will inspire me not to give up. I found a verse in my Bible reading that really helps me remember what accomplishing goals will do for my soul. Proverbs 13:19a says, “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”. I want to feel that sweet reward by being persistent this year in my goals. I love to listen to Zig Ziglar. He said, “You have to be before you can do, You have to do before you can have.” This sums up what it means to be persistent – a plan in action. Persistence requires you to do the work. My prayer for the year is that I can be persistent and live up to the potential that God has placed in my heart.
I made a visual reminder with Proverbs 13:19, a free printable for you to use, to remind you to be persistent and reach your goals for the new year so your soul can feel that sweet success!
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Do you have a word for the new year?