As the months went by I still hadn’t chosen a word. By February I was feeling concerned and reached out to my best friend with my frustration over not being able to pick a word. She gently asked me if I had prayed about it. As a woman of faith, prayer is usually the first thing I do. I was completely embarrassed to admit I hadn’t even thought to pray about it. Fortunately that was a problem I could solve right away. After I prayed I looked at a list of inspirational words, the same list I had looked at many times before. But this time, a word jumped right off the screen at me. I knew it was my word for the year.
And I was so... dissapointed. I was hoping for something amazing like brave, bold, or beautiful. My word for this year was Consistent. Could there be a more unglamorous word?
But I knew it was the word for me. I knew there were big changes coming for me in 2019. I knew I had big dreams I was going to be pursuing, and big risks I would be taking. If I was going to have the endurance to tackle those things I was going to need to be consistent with habits in my life. I am the kind of person who runs and then crashes. This style of living wasn’t going to carry me through this new season of life. I knew I was embarking on a marathon not a sprint, and that meant some changes.
I’ll admit it’s almost the end of March and I’m still not great at being consistent. Establishing a morning routine and putting in place healthy habits for myself is a challenge. There is a piece of me that’s worried if I don’t master this skill this year, consistent might be my word for 2020. Ugh! So, with the motivation to have a new word for next year. I will strive for consistency in 2019.
What about you? Is there a word that captures your next season of life? Perhaps it’s a word of encouragement like loved, strong, enough. Or perhaps it’s a challenge for the year like discipline, healthy, or less. Comment below and share what your word for 2019.