From the moment my Dad finished reading, I knew exactly what my word for 2020 would be.
Do you pick a word to focus on in the New Year? Honestly, last year was my first time giving it a try. My brother was the one who introduced me to this idea, and I thought it was such a neat concept.
In 2019 I chose the word “rest”, and you can read all about why I chose that word here if you’re interested. Month by month this past year I was so tempted to feel anxious or burdened or upset by what I wasn’t able to accomplish, but God continually reminded me to trust Him, to leave it with Him, to rest in Him.
As 2019 came to an end I began thinking about what word I would choose for 2020. I was really leaning toward the word “discipline” for a number of reasons. I need more discipline when it comes to exercise. More discipline when it comes to eating healthy. More discipline in the area of my blog. The list goes on and on.
But for whatever reason, “discipline” didn’t feel quite right. The word itself sort of evokes negative feelings, and while more discipline is always a good thing, for a perfectionist like myself I could already feel the pressure building before the year even began. So I prayed and asked God to show me what He really wanted me to focus on in the new year.
During the very first church service of 2020, I had the opportunity to sit upstairs and listen to the message. My Dad (our pastor) preached from Colossians chapter three. What an amazing chapter. From the moment he began reading I knew how desperately I needed to hear that Scripture in that moment.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth…”
“…put off the old man…put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:”
“Put on…mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another…”
Verse after verse my heart felt convicted, and then he got to verse 14.
“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.”
Charity. What a beautiful word. In this passage it’s translated from the Greek word “agape”, meaning an unselfish, self-sacrificing, unconditional love.
The Bible says that this type of love – charity – binds everything together perfectly.
I sat there thinking about my life. My children, my husband, my blog, my friends, my family, my neighbors, my community.
Is there anything greater than charity? True, pure, unconditional love?
1 Corinthians 13:13 answers that question.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
To my shame, so much of what I do is motivated by selfish reasoning.
What a difference we could make in this world if all that we did, all that we said, all that we thought…was motivated by charity. A love that desires nothing in return. A love so great and so full that we can’t help but pour it out onto others.
1 Corinthians 16 says to “let all your things be done with charity.”
There is so much more I could say about this beautiful word, and I knew from the moment our church service ended that “charity” would be my word for 2020.
I already know that if I try to have more charity in my own strength, I will fail. How amazing it is to be able to rest in the power of the Almighty. To lean on Him for daily, sometimes even moment by moment strength.
Thanks so much for reading today, sweet friends! Did you pick a word for 2020? I’d love to hear in the comments below!