In Others’ Words: Choosing One Word for 2016
I blogged about this earlier, back in October, in a post titled “Time to Start Thinking About One Word for 2016.”
But while I was ready to talk about my One Word for the upcoming new year, I think some of you were just ready to begin pondering your One Word for 2016. So, here I am again, asking the question: Do you have One Word for 2016?
This is my eleventh year to focus on one word, and if you want a recap of the words I’ve focused on in years past — words like gratitude and confidence and collaborate — you can find them in my October blog post.
My word for 2016 is: prosper.
I Samuel 18:14 says: David was prospering in all his ways for the LORD was with him.
But here’s what I found interesting: the word “prosper” means acting wisely. So read that as “And David was acting wisely in all his ways for the LORD was with him.”
Changes things, doesn’t it? I like to think of “prosper” as material wealth, or even accolades. It’s not often — if ever — that I think of prospering as acting wisely. The upcoming year is going to be interesting as God teaches me the new meaning of the word prosper.
I’ve never had a song that I’ve tied to my One Word, but I do this year: a new version of The Prayer. The opening stanza says:
I pray you’ll be our eyes,
and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
in times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer,
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place,
guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.
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