My one word for this year came to me a couple of weeks ago out of the blue. I don’t remember what I was doing or thinking, but I do remember all of a sudden realizing, “That is my word for the year.” It’s been rolling around in my heart and mind since that time, but I’m still not really sure “what, why, how, etc.” The more I think about it, the more I don’t understand it. And maybe that’s the point. Maybe I’m not supposed to let it roll around, considering what and how and why. Maybe I’m supposed to spend more time with God so He can reveal the what, how and why as the year progresses. My one word for 2016 is GIVE.
The last couple of years, I have found scripture verses that correspond to my one word. I have even found a song or songs that relate to my word. This year, almost as soon as I had the inspiration that my word for the year was to be GIVE, I also knew the song…and at first glance, at least to me, it has nothing to do with GIVE. But the more I listen to it, the more I think I start to get it. “I Shall Not Want” by Audrey Assad.
This song is my one word, but I haven’t quite figured out how. And that is really bugging me. All I know is the phrase, “And I shall not want, when I taste Your goodness, I shall not want” is burrowing itself into my heart. To me, this song is me asking God to deliver me from: the love of my own comfort, the fear of having nothing, a life of wordly passions, from the need to be understood, from the need to be accepted, from the fear of being lonely, from the fear of serving others, from the fear of death or trial, from the fear of humility. So I’m asking God to GIVE me these graces. But I think in return, He’s asking for my trust in those areas.
And not only am I having trouble understanding the word and the song, how about this scripture verse for GIVE, Luke 6:38, “give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” I get the whole, “give and it will be given to you…the measure you give will be the measure you get back…” it’s the “pressed down, shaken together, running over, put into your lap…” that I don’t get. At first, it sounds like something I don’t even want…GIVE me Lord the graces necessary because “pressed down” does not sound like a good thing; neither does shaken together. And any mom will testify the words, “running over” can not be a good thing…or is it? The Message Bible translates Luke 6:38 this way, “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
So what if I have it wrong, not surprising. What if “pressed down”means “to make more room for?” And then what if “running over” means I have so much given to me it’s running over?
So clicking around different places trying to understand this verse, I came across this, “The rewards of Christian giving are (a) joy 2 Corinthians 8:2 (b) increased ability to give in proportion to that which has been already given 2 Corinthians 9:7-11 (c) increased thankfulness to God 2 Corinthians 9:12(d) God and the Gospel glorified 2 Corinthians 9:13 2 Corinthians 9:14” In addition to sitting quietly with God asking His guidance in this verse and my word for the year, this looks like a good place to start with some additional scriptures for meditation.
So there are all my wanderings, ramblings and rolling thoughts on my one word for the year, GIVE. Don’t you just love it when I give a small peek into the inner workings of my mind before I put it on here all neatly packaged? Totally rhetorical question.
Do you have a word for the year? If so, share it in the comments and what it means to you or you think it may mean to you in the coming year.
I’m printing this and taping it to my bathroom mirror!