Is there a word that can describe my life in 2018?
A word that can describe me?
A word that I want to permeate 2019?
In a recent post from Esther Goetz of The Dolly Mama, I came across (perhaps for the first time) the notion of designating one word as a focal point for the entire new year (though it may be changed if one sees fit.) While I’ve made my short and sweet list of resolutions for 2019, I was very inspired by this idea as it focuses less on a pass/fail system, and more on an aspiration for personal growth. The suggested process for choosing your word encourages listing and researching several words and giving careful consideration to each. While I tried to follow the prompts, only one word came to me immediately and stood out most in my mind: Humble. I’ve spent time this month thinking over the importance of this guiding word, and this is what I’ve landed on.
Some definitions I’ve found of the word included “not proud”, “modest”, and “courteously respectful”. I mostly prefer the Biblical significance of this word.
Philippians 2:3 mentions this attribute as it says to “be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
Romans 12:3-5 states: “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” (Emphasis added.)
James 4:7 says “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
And I define ‘humble’ simply as this: more of Him, less of me.
This is one sentiment that I want to carry with me in all of life, and one of my greatest goals: to be more Christ-like and less Jess-like, and to glorify Him in all things.
What is your 2019 Word of the Year?