Last year I saw people posting their word for the year, their theme, their mantra. As I watched on at people posting their word for the year I scoffed. I thought it was ridiculous to choose one word. It was as though they were Gollum and their one word was the One Ring…their precious.
Fast forward 365 days and I was laying in bed, waking up to a New Year and a verse in the bible. Like anyone else I grabbed my phone on New Year’s day and opened the bible app. The chapter I happened to open up to was 1 Peter 3. The verse that caught my attention was 1 Peter 3:7:
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
I Instantly knew…
This was more than coincidence. As I began to read the next morning the following verses were brought to my attention.
Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Colossians 3:19Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged. Colossians 3:21
That’s it. Love my wife and daughters. Honor them. Respect them.
Each morning since, I have read those verses and prayed that I would live them out in my daily life.
The nice thing about having one word to focus on is that it simplifies life. Instead of focusing on multiple themes, multiple goals, multiple tasks, I have one core value to focus on, one thing to rule them all. So hear I sit a year out from scoffing at people who chose one word, writing about the word that will guide my actions through the year.
So what about you? What are your thoughts on one word? Do you have one? I’d love to hear about it. Share it in the comments.