As we come towards the end of an eventful year, having spent time with family and friends as well as reflecting on everything that has happened – what didn’t, the goals we achieved, the ones that are left pending, and making the decision to set new ones, did you ever think about picking a word for the year?
I believe choosing a word can be so powerful, whether that be for a month, a period of time or even for a new year… which was what I did.
My word for 2018 was intimacy.
How I came about choosing this word was not by my own doing. I had no idea that choosing a word was even a thing! I was praying and happened to stumble across the word… almost like an epiphany moment. However, before I “officially committed”, I looked up the word and came across many different definitions; “close familiarity or friendship”, “understanding” and “warmth”.
At one point, it almost felt like I was being asked about the type intimacy I had in my life. Did it reflect close familiarity or warmth?
And to be honest – there wasn’t much. Normally my natural instinct would be to push people away, keep them at a distance, hold everything I was feeling inside and leave it up to the other person to suggest a hangout. I know I am not the only one in this boat… but 2018 definitely taught me how to be intentional about my friendships and open up to the idea of new ones, even if they live on the other side of the world! I learnt how to invite God into every aspect of my life, no matter how small that was, even if that meant saying a few words on my bus journey to work. I learnt that, it didn’t have to be long because the mere fact that I wanted to pause part of my day to speak to Him, was a version of intimacy in itself. A year ago, I honestly didn’t think it was much… but sometimes it can mean and change everything!
I also connected with people I didn’t think of and honestly thought we wouldn’t have anything in common.
After doing church online with Elevation church (an amazing church in the United States, pastored by Steven Furtick) a few weeks ago, I was probed to really think about my next word for 2019. I had felt a few pop up, but none of them really stuck. None of them made me do a double take. So, I listened to people share theirs: Pastor Steven Furtick, chose the word “presence” – to know and feel God even in the now and remember to be in the moment with family and friends. Another person chose favour, not because she didn’t know what it meant or that she had favour… but to truly walk in it in every aspect of her life.
Shortly after watching the sermon, a few more specific words like overcome, worth and overflow started to pop up but for some reason, I knew they just weren’t it. So I went on to pray about it and ask God to pick the one He wanted for me next year…
My word for 2019 is whole.
For me, the meaning of whole is pretty much intimacy 2.0 and I am so stocked to see what God has in store for me.
And with that being said; What is your word for 2019?
P.S. Enjoy however you celebrate new year’s eve and I’ll see you in 2019!!!
A Crowned Soul