I debated sharing this post because putting it out there on the internet makes it a little more real, like I really have to be accountable for it. Last year when I chose a word it was a very personal thing, and I wasn’t ready to share it. My word this year still is very personal, but I like hearing what other people’s words are, so I really wanted to share mine.
I like the idea of choosing just one word for the new year instead of trying to make a lot of resolutions. Last year, my word of the year was purpose and I loved having that word as my mindset. It truly did shape my year, so I’m excited to see where this year’s word takes me, or more where God takes me through this year’s word.
So, without further ado, my word of the year 2018 is… CONTENT!
I choose the word “content” because it sums up several of the words I was considering. I realized like three days in that “content” kind of sounds like settling, but that’s not how I mean it at all. When thinking about my new word, I was debating between “joy,” “gratitude,” and “peace”— and then I decided that “content” wraps up those three ideas into one. To me, “content” represents an attitude of trust in God that gratefully accepts this season of life with joy and peace.
Having “purpose” as my mindset last year was awesome because it pushed me to do more and be more, and I think that missional way of living will continue through this year. (Here’s where it gets ugly personal.) But last year I also struggled with a whole lot of uncertainty and just straight up jealousy of other people. Even though I had everything in the world to be thankful for, I spent too much time wishing I had things other people had and wondering if I was making the right choices for the future. Should I have gotten an internship too? Should I have taken this class instead? Should I be working somewhere else? And pretty much the ultimate overbearing question, is there ever going to be the right man in the world for me to marry? That attitude too often left me feeling bitter and sorry for myself. Ridiculous, but true.
My friends and I say it all the time because it’s so real: comparison is the thief of joy. I hate that feeling of discontent, and it’s the exact opposite of what God call us to when we’re living in Him!
So this year, I’m focusing in on the right kind of attitude, one that should exude from the life of a person whose trust is fully placed in the Father. I need that daily reminder that Jesus is enough. Period.
A lot of verses speak to this idea:
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” Hebrews 13:5
“…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Philippians 4:11-12
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8
I love all of these passages, but the verse that I’ve chosen as my verse of the year (ironically not having the word “content” in it) is Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” I think I’ve probably heard that verse a million times, but for some reason, it only just recently hit me what it really means. I shall. not. want. When God is truly the author and protector of your life, nothing else even matters. You don’t want anything else! That’s contentment. And that’s what I’m going for.
What’s your theme going to be this year? If you have a word, I’d love to hear it! Share in the comments below 🙂
I love you! And God loves you more.