A few years ago, I started this “word of the year” thing after reading the idea from a blogger. Last year my word for the year was Fearless. And it was a year of leaping and moving through fears. I think my life lived up to the theme word in 2012.
In December, when I was thinking about where I am and where I want to be at the end of 2013. Two words came to mind. (Sorry, one just would not do!)
My first word is love.
Okay, so if I had to choose just one word for this year it would be love. I want to be more loving to my family and those around me. However, I find the word love is over used and almost cliche in our culture.
Personally, I do a good job of loving…
what I want to love,
when I want to love,
and how I want to love.
Yes, I know that is self-centered kind of love, which really isn’t very loving.
The second word is courageous.
I have made some strides in 2012 by telling my story and being more honest with myself and others about my personal stuggles. That has taken lots of courage. Courage that I only gained through faith in Christ.
There were lots of moments when I questioned myself and God’s purpose for my life and moments that I stalled doing what I felt God asking me to do.
There are things that I know that I need to be doing. There are other things that I know in my heart that God’s wants me to work towards. These are the very things that lead me on my knees praying for courage to act.
I think the words together, Courageous Love, sum up where I need to put my focus in 2013. Loving others with courage to step beyond myself and my needs and desires. And loving God with courageous love that submits to follow and act even when it is uncomfortable.
So, my theme word(s) for 2013 is Courageous Love.
I’m not saying I even know what Courageous Love looks like, but this year I want to explore and learn what that means for me and my family.
What is your word for 2013?
Also, I would love for you to share your Courageous Love stories here this year. Email me if you want to share your story.