I know, I know. By mid-January, all the word of the year posts should be done right? Nope. Not me. Although I’ve had my “word” since November(ish), and I’ve posted about it on social media, I’m just now getting around to sharing more. Why? Life. Procrastination. New goals. All of the above?
Since 2016 I’ve selected a word of the year as a sort of guide for my hopes and dreams and intentions. Past words have included sozo (a Greek word), lead, slow, truth, seven (that was an odd one), and trust. Each year, it is always interesting to see how the word plays out in my life.
About November I start thinking about how I want to be and what I want to do in the next year. I wish I had a simple formula or easy 3-step process for choosing the word. It’s not that easy. It isn’t really hard either. It is more a matter of being in tune with God and myself.
So what is my process? How do I choose a word?
Pray. Read. Wait. Listen. Disagree for awhile. Sometimes immediately agree. Sometimes immediately agree but then wrestl because I don’t want that word (such as with lead and truth). Usually though, I just end up knowing.
My word for 2022 came to me early and easy. It simply rose up in my spirit one day.
(Like what I did there? Rose up. Rise. I’m a genius just rising to the occasion!)
When it registered in my heart, I knew immediately it was right and true.
Merriam-Webster defines RISE in all these ways:
- to assume an upright position especially from lying, kneeling, or sitting
- to get up from sleep or from one’s bed
- to respond warmly
- to move upward
- to become heartened or elated
- to increase in fervor or intensity
- to come into being
- to exert oneself to meet a challenge
- a spot higher than surrounding ground
- an act of rising or a state of being risen
- a movement upward
- emergence (as of the sun) above the horizon
After the last couple of years, RISE is exactly the right word. After 2 surgeries, it is time to get upright after sitting and healing. After a delayed ordination and wondering what is next in ministry, it is time to come into being and meet a challenge. After some hard family stuff, it is time to be heartened and elated. In a time of ongoing cultural, political, and religious division, it is time to claim the high ground.
It is time for me to RISE.
I hope you will join me.
Comment and tell me about your word of the year practice and what your word for 2022 is!