What’s the Good Word?

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No more New Year’s resolutions for me. For the past few years, I’ve found that a single word is enough. Toward the end of December I begin my search for one word that will inspire, focus and challenge me in the new year. Several options vied for attention during my December search but none felt right until, as I prayed about it, my word for the year landed in that soft spot that says, “Yes, I think God’s in this!” I know you’re now at the edge of your seat with curiosity, but let me first say that I would not have chosen this word on my own.

I was thinking about persistence – or devoted – or proactive. Good words, right? They’re strong and motivating! At first glance my word isn’t all that exciting. Ready? My word for 2015 is complete. Are you as disappointed as I was? well, I’ve moved from disappointment to anticipation and here’s why.

I am tired of living in an incomplete state. If I never have one more good idea, it’s okay because I have enough brilliant thoughts sitting on a shelf in my mind to last the rest of my life. I’d like to explore some of them and bring a few to completion. Then there are the projects I’ve already started that are just that – started. It’s exciting to think of actually completing them. I don’t want to live any longer with a stale to-do list. It’s time to finish things off and start anew. (Anew… good word, maybe new will be my word for 2016.)

And then there’s the whole bit about completion in my spiritual life that I’d like to appreciate more fully.

  • This year I want to value my completeness in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10) and stop throwing good-works contingencies on my walk with God.
  • I want to savor the confidence that He who began a good work in me “will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Ah, what peace and joy that would bring! And speaking of joy…
  • I want to treasure the complete joy that comes from abiding in Christ (John 15:11; 16:24) and resist fleshly cries that insist something else is needful to bring me joy.
  • I want my faith to be made complete by action (James 2:22). No more glib words without action to substantiate them.
  • And, like Paul, I want to head for the end of the race, not with woulda, shoulda, coulda, but by completing the task of living as a testimony of God’s grace.

Complete. Pretty cool word, huh?

So what’s your good word? I’d love to hear what inspires you as you head into 2015!

I pray the new year will surprise you with many manifestations of God’s grace,


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