Every year, I ask God to send me one word to serve as my focus for the year. Lots of people I know do this—especially writer-types who know the power of words. There's even a book on the subject.
Some years I know right off why I got the word God gave me. Other years, I have to muck around for a while until it surfaces. Last year, my word took a fair amount of mucking and was unusual; I received both spellings of COMPLIMENT/COMPLEMENT as my word for the year. I spent the year exploring the partnerships in my life and how they complement each other, and I tried to offer praise—compliments—wherever I could and squelch my judgmental tendencies.
This year my word jumped right out at me: UNIQUE. I can’t really explain the process other than I ask God to send it and keep my eyes open. I always know when I’ve found it, but I don’t always know how I got there.
Once I do find it, I start exploring. That means everything from Pinterest searches to dictionary and thesaurus look-ups, bible verse searches, movies and songs, even t-shirts. When my radar goes “live” for that word, it seems to be everywhere.
By the end of the year, I always know why God gave it to me. I can trace the path of my lessons back through the months and see how the concept colored my life and my growth. If you haven’t tried this, I encourage you to give it a whirl.
If this is something you’ve done, what is your word for 2015?
I hope you find my latest Love Inspired release unique and entertaining as well. SMALL-TOWN FIREMAN is the last book in the Gordon Falls series.