MM Guiding Word
Pondering the power of words this morning. Will you join me in lifting up these beautiful words of praise from the psalmist?
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:1-5 – NIV
A word can be a greeting. A word can be a farewell. At the sound of a single word, armies charge into battle. With just one word,a classroom shifts from chaos to quiet.
The utterance of a solitary word can evoke bitter anger, while another fosters soothing calm. A word can build up or tear down, encourage or discourage. A word can be a catalyst. A word can be a guide.
Words have power. Words hold meaning, creating purpose and stirring emotion. The words we choose to use can make all the difference.
Several years ago, my pastor introduced me to the “”My One Word Project.” As described in their book “My One Word,” the authors Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen encourage the selection of one word to guide your spiritual journey for the year. Instead of a New Year’s resolution that is often abandoned by January’s end, this one word becomes a guide for your attitudes and actions, your thoughts and reflections. Meditating on this word helps strengthen your prayer life and provides focus for Bible study and scripture reading. This one word can become a catalyst for spiritual transformation.
Over the past few years, my words have included abide, rejoice and hope. I have found the process to be both clarifying and edifying. When worry or fear assails me, I bring my one word to mind, reflecting on the scriptures I have encountered in my “word search.” I have found the word to be a much needed reminder in times of trial and a source of comfort in distress.
It has spurred me to greater insight and illuminated opportunities for growth.
Perhaps you are already in the habit of picking your one word for the year. If so, I hope you have found your one word for 2022. If you are open to sharing your word choice, I would love to hear what you’ve picked. Please leave a comment on this post and let me know your word. If you are following my blog by email notification, simply reply to the email to comment on your word for the new year.
If you are new to this one word concept, I hope you will give the idea some prayerful consideration. Ponder the issues facing you right now. Is there an avenue of growth you need to pursue in dealing with your circumstances? Has your scripture reading prompted you in a new direction or led you to evaluate a particular behavior or train of thought? Perhaps the lessons learned from a recent Bible study or devotion is spurring you with a nudge of conviction. Whatever the source of your spiritual nudge, pray on it and see if a word comes to mind. Ask The Lord to help you find the right word for this year.
So what’s my one word for 2022? “Adore.” It’s adore because I want to draw closer to The Lord in praise and worship. It’s adore because I want to spend more time appreciating my blessings than distressing over my concerns. It’s adore because I want to savor the moments, notice the beauty of every day and give continual thanks. It’s adore because I want to be reminded to seek Him first and foremost.
Last week, we pondered that “Star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright”* as we considered the faithful quest of those long ago wise men. Those three Kings of the Orient , those Magi from the east, had a brilliant star in the sky to guide them in their search for the Messiah. They had a guide for their spiritual journey. No star leads you and me today, but perhaps, just maybe, there is a word that will lead us into this new year, prompting our spiritual transformation. I pray you find the one word that is meant for you this year. May it lead you to His perfect Light.
The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.
The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the Lord on high is mighty.
Psalm 93:1-4 – NIV
O God of Wonder, O Lord Of Light, lead us into this new year. Show us the ways we need to grow. Guide us in finding our one word for this year, that it might be a catalyst for our spiritual growth. Lord, create in us a clean heart and a right spirit to serve You well. Guide our steps according to Your perfect plan. Lord, let us abide in You that You might abide in us, that we might be instruments of Thy peace for Your glory.
In the Guiding Name of Jesus, we pray,
New Year’s Blessings,
*Quote from the lyrics of the hymn “We Three Kings”