Just One Word

Over the last several years it has become a bit popular to have a word for the year.  OneWord365.com is a website dedicated to this premise. What’s this all about? To quote the website:

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

I actually considered this before the beginning of the year, but preferring to avoid another thing that would probably come back and slap me in the face with failure after committing and then forgetting, I ignored it.

Before 2013 rolled into town and ever since it has, there has been one word that has continually come up for me and I have decided to put it in writing. If we’re already into February and I cannot shake it then it’s likely I am not going to forget it anytime soon. (Plus I haven’t blogged in so long I almost forgot my password so I obviously need to be writing SOMETHING!)

Photo by balanced.crafts @Flickr
Photo by balanced.crafts @Flickr

My word for 2013 is JOY. 

According to the Holmon Bible Dictionary, “Joy is found over 150 times in the Bible. If such words as “joyous” and “joyful” are included, the number comes to over 200. The verb rejoice appears well over 200 times.”

Apparently it isn’t just a big deal in my world, but for all of us who are sons and daughters.

Last year I remember thinking, “What is this, the year of facing fears?” It seemed a good chunk of my biggest fears had to be faced at some point in those twelve months, so “joy” seems like a wonderful word after that ordeal.

However, I think a big part of joy is being able to choose to rejoice in the midst of horrible circumstances.

Maybe that is why it is so impressed on my heart this year. I didn’t have a very joyful 2012. Instead I felt like I got kicked around, thrown to the ground and had my lights punched out a few times.

So it’s not that expect 2013 will be all full of roses with no thorns, but an opportunity to stand in the knowledge of God’s love and rejoice. That actually scares me just a little.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12