We’ve all heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” If only that were true. The reality is that there is power in words. Words evoke emotion, inspire action and create change. Words can strengthen bonds; words can destroy relationships. Encouraging words can stir hope, comfort and mend. Words spoken in anger can harden hearts, build resentment and start wars.
What if one word could make a big difference in your life? What if you chose one word to focus on in 2015? By choosing one word, it can create clarity, purpose and meaning. We live in a world that can be complex, distracting and dark. When distractions arise, you can go back to your one word and regain your focus and renew your hope. Your one word can demonstrate faith, restore hope or bring you peace.
The words people choose to focus on are as varied as the people themselves: peace, witness, joy, servanthood, happiness, courageousness, wisdom.
What kind of word should you choose? Take time to reflect on that and pray about it. Maybe it’s a character trait, a discipline or a fruit of the spirit. Whatever you decide, choose your word carefully, because it will impact your thoughts, your decisions and your actions. What I’ve learned is after I give it some thought, intention and prayer, my word usually presents itself with clarity.
What is your one word for this year? As you pray about what word would be most appropriate for you in the year ahead, remember that “the” Word for any year and every year is the Bible. With that in mind, we also encourage you to find a Bible verse to support your word.
Once you have your word and your verse, here are some practical ways to keep it top of mind until it becomes ingrained in your thoughts and behaviors:
- Tell a friend so they can hold you accountable to your word
- Memorize the Bible verse that supports your word
- Consider incorporating the word or the verse in your computer passwords
- Write the word and verse on index notes and place them where you will see them
- Set a weekly reminder on your phone to remind you to focus on your word
When you have your word and your verse, we invite you to share it with us; email us at Studio@Life979.com. May God bless you on this journey of One Word, One Verse in 2015.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.