As I write my to-do lists, plan my baking, finish the Christmas shopping, and everything else that goes along with the week before Christmas, I can’t help but think about the new year.
What are my plans? How will I adjust my focus? What will actually come my way in 2024?
I think I finally figured out my “word of the year” for 2024 – purpose. This year had its ups and downs like any other year. Maybe a few extra tough patches. Those difficult times made me think, why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing with my life? What is my purpose?
PURPOSE: n. The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. A person’s sense of resolve or determination. v. Have as one’s intention or objective.
Origin: from Old French porpos, from the verb porposer
Synonyms: aim, intention, dream, ambition, aspiration, design, objective, target
Antonyms: doubt, weakness, ignore, dislike, discard, stop
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
Knowing God has a purpose for each of us, and it’s different for each of us, should be reassuring. He has a plan for us. I love knowing this. It takes some of the “stress” of trying to figure it out away. But…for some of us, the not knowing what His plan, causes a bit of stress.
So now what?!
I chose “purpose” as my word of the year to remind myself to keep digging into Scripture. Stay in conversation with God. Spend time in worship. Talking with God and asking Him to guide my path, is the only way to find the purpose He truly has for my life.
How else could finding & focusing on your purpose help you in your walk with the Lord?
A project you’re working on?
Fitness/Weight Loss goals?
Your mental state?
The possibilities are endless. We tend to forget at times that God literally touches every corner of our lives. He wants that relationship with us. He wants to walk with us hand in hand and help us in our life. Why not invite Him in?
Did you choose a “word of the year” this year? I’d love to hear what it is.
How are you going to allow this word to change your life?
Love Life, Love God, and Live For HIM…