Amy's recent post reminded me of the power of selecting a single word that represents something you're trying to focus on. As she begins the new year, her word is "fresh." Ali Edwards has some cool and artsy ideas for keeping your word in view (she chose "vitality")--check out her ideas here.
In my first year as a dorm director, I felt like I was constantly praying for wisdom. Interacting with students and making big decisions demanded that I be conscientious. A friend gave me a little stone with the word "wisdom" etched into it as a visual reminder.
Lately, the word I have been focusing on is HOPE. 2007 was a difficult year for us, and some days I feel discouraged and overwhelmed. These lines from the beloved hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" have been very meaningful to me: "strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow." I sing those words, I pray them, I hold them near.
I also take great comfort in this passage from Lamentations 3:21-24:
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.
I made a little "hope" garland and hung it as a reminder in a prominent place in my kitchen. Seeing it each day encourages me to persevere!
What would be your one word?