Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 Word of the Year

Last year at the start of the new year I saw a lot of words popping up on instagram - a new word for the year. Bloggers were blogging about the new word they had chosen for the year. A few friends posted asking if anyone was choosing a word this year. I was thinking about it.

Words that came to mind:
Chaotic.
Change.
Overwhelming.

These were not words I was willing to claim for my year. I continued to mull over the word and when reading scripture something hit me...

I was reading Philippians 2:5-11: 

5 Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
6 Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. 7 But he emptied himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings. When he found himself in the form of a human, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God highly honored him and gave him a name above all names, 10 so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Of course I am not insinuating that I want to be obedient to death on a cross, but it began to resonate in me. I am not obedient by nature. I am bossy, independent, and always right by nature. This causes challenges for my husband, friends, and colleagues. And God too.

I began to think what I needed to be obedient to in my life:
God calling me to scary things.
Jarrod.
Wesley.

I thought about how Wesley is learning obedience (or I'm praying someday he might learn obedience!) and I need to model that for him. I thought about how I argue with Jarrod and do everything I can to be right. It is hard to even see in black and white, but I know that I need to be more obedient to him and the call that God has placed on our family. (Do not assume this means submitting!)

So my word for this year is obedient. I think about it when I wake up in the morning and when I go to sleep at night. I have included it on our goals sheet for 2014 that is posted in our kitchen as a constant reminder to be obedient.

Now you are all out there to hold me accountable to be obedient!
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2 comments:

  1. I think we could all be a little more obedient. But don't lose the "bossy" - that's a useful trait, too! I want to believe those two can coexist...

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  2. What a great reminder, Candy!! You are absolutely right! I've been described as "bossy" as my primary description for so long that sometimes I forget that it's a great asset!

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