I usually don’t pick a single word for a year. I’ve actually never done it. Last year, around July, when I had yet another let-down in my career, I kept seeing the word “bold” over and over. So, to myself, I declared that word for the second half of the year. And in order for me to move forward in the direction I wanted to go, bold was definitely what I had to be.
I had originally decided I wouldn’t pick a word for 2019. I always pick a verse. Last year was Romans 12:1-2. This year is Micah 7:7. Then, for our New Year’s service, our pastor encouraged us to spend time reflecting and pick a word as an anchor to come back to for 2019, and that we would practice this as a church for the upcoming year. So, when Pastor Kev tells you do to something, you do it!
My word for 2019 is: BUILD.
My verse for 2019 is:
“But me, I’m not giving up.
I’m waiting for God to make things right.
I want 2019 to not be about me, but what choices and decisions I am making as I build the things for the future–the future right in front of me, and the future for generations to come. What impact am I making today that will last through my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, and beyond?
That’s what I want 2019 to be about. Am I planting roots so my family has a place to call home? Am I focusing on my health a little more than last year so that I can be present and active in the lives of my family? Am I saving, working, striving in such a way that will positively impact the success of my family for generations to come? Am I investing in the health of my marriage, building a solid foundation on which we stand?
That’s 2019 for me. We’re building something, God and Ashlynn and I. Our hands will get dirty. It’s going to be messy. It will be bitter and sweet, because we’re waiting, sticking around to see what God will do!