The calendar has flipped to a new month and year. Ready or not, we are embarking on the new year, a chapter in the book of our lives. I’m trying to be intentional about how I embark on this new year. One way I do that is by asking God if there is a theme He wants to work on in my life. Over the years, that theme has varied. Brave. Hope. Believe. The list of words goes on.
This year I think He’s asking me to take on a new theme: Release.
Release is such an interesting word.
It brings with it the idea that there is something that needs to be release, let go of, allowed to move. I’m not 100% sure where God is going to take this, but I am looking forward to seeing what He wants to do.
So how do you know if a word is something God wants to do with you? How do you find the word if it is? And how do you allow it to direct your year?
- A word is a theme or a rallying point for the year. Ask God if He has an area He wants to tackle in your life. Is there some focal point He wants to direct your year? It may not make sense initially, but as you look back, you may be surprised at how that word prepared you for the rest of the year.
- Think about the last few years. What has God been doing in your life? Are you sensing a theme? A progression of development? Has He asked you to do something you haven’t been willing to do? Tackle an area of your life you’ve avoided? Is there consistency? That may be your theme.
- Look to the future. Are there events or changes on the horizon that you can anticipate? Do those point to a theme or area of development God wants to work in your life? Is there a common thread that suggests a direction?
- Evaluate words that have meaning to you or scare the pants off you. The year God gave me BRAVE it scared me. I already thought I was pretty good about stepping out into the unknown and following Him. But that year He was asking me to step way outside my comfort zone in a couple areas. He wanted me to think about what it meant to truly be brave. To follow Him where ever He led. To develop an attitude of Bravery. Even the worship songs that spoke to me had that theme. It became a rallying viewpoint to evaluate my life through.
- Consider where you want to change. If you’re sensing a rallying cry to change, that could very well be Holy Spirit inspired. He won’t often thrust into a new stream without giving us indications it’s coming. Your word could be one of those cues.
If you have words, how do you identify them?