Oh. My. Word


Well, 2018 is almost a week old and I don’t have my “word” yet. I’m freaking out a little.

As we drew near the end of 2017, friends and wise people I heard on the radio began declaring their word for the year . . . a word they would strive toward, keep in mind when dealing with life issues, and be encouraged by over the next 12 months.

What a good idea!

I especially liked that it replaces New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve always stunk at that. I could never find just the right Resolution to make my life better. And, when I do, I don’t even make it through 24 hours. I’m weak. Maybe “strength” should be my word! No, that sounds like I might have to lift weights or something.

Anyway . . . a word. A single, amazing word. Just one.

It needs to be all-encompassing, inspiring, fulfilling. One word huh. Really? Committing to one word is pretty daunting. Ooooh . . . maybe “commitment” should be it! Nah, sounds a little confining. I mean thinking about one word the whole year? A lot of pressure.

Meanwhile, others have chosen such great words like “grace,” “joy,” “contentment,” “forgiveness,” and so many more. Should I take one of those? Ugh. I feel like that would be cheating. I must make it my own.

(You can’t hear it, but crickets are doing their thing right now.)

Three cups of coffee later . . .

Why can’t I think of an amazing word? I’m a writer for heaven’s sake! How hard can it be to produce a single, life-changing word?

Please understand, I’m not trying to be irreverent. I really have a problem here. My husband always tells me that I’m the most indecisive person in the world. Could he be right about me? Sometimes I think he is . . . sometimes not. Well, he could be. But I don’t think so. Hmmmm.

I’ll show him! “Decisiveness” will be my word! Wait. Is that really the best word possible? I might have to make more decisions. I’m getting a headache.

As I write this, words and thoughts are popping into my head. Suddenly, an idea that sticks! Why not choose the Word . . . you know, like the Bible? As I ponder it, I’m thinking about the verse “the Word was made flesh” . . . Now that’s what I need, a word in the flesh. Right here. With me.

I want a word that is full of strength, commitment, grace, joy, contentment and forgiveness. I need a word that will keep me interested and help me make good decisions. Then, I remember a word that encompasses this and so much more . . . Jesus.

  • “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • “. . . and they will call him ‘Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’) (Matthew 1:23).
  • “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
  • “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13).
  • “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35).
  • “. . . a chosen and precious cornerstone” (1 Peter 2:6).

Yes! That’s it! Jesus is the Word that offers all of the above. At last a word that’s just for me. I choose Jesus . . . the Word that helps all other words make sense.