2016 Word of the Year
I am not good at resolutions. You see, I struggle with something called “perfectionism.” I tend to be hard on myself
if when things don’t turn out exactly as planned. In years past when I created a list of resolutions, I would feel like a failure at the end of the year if all of my resolutions were not accomplished. No matter how many of the resolutions might have been successful, I would beat myself up over the few things that were not achieved. So, I gave up on resolutions a long time ago.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in goals. Goals are very important! I realize “goals” and “resolutions” are similar, but somehow in my brain they are very different. My brain thinks of a “goal” as something to strive toward. Goals should be set very high and may take a long time to achieve. But to my brain and to my heart, a “resolution” is more like a promise. A vow. Breaking a promise or a vow, even to myself, is a serious offense and something I strive never to do.
Oh, I hope that makes sense to someone out there!
A couple of years ago a friend of mine started selecting a WORD for the year. I love this concept! One word to motivate me and to focus on all year. This is something I can commit to!
I had already been thinking about my Word for 2016 for the past several weeks. Some words I have considered include: focus, balance, prioritize, joy – just to name a few. However, in the past few days my 2016 Word of the Year has become quite clear.
F O R W A R D
This is definitely what God is speaking to me right now.
Last year was a rough one for me. Maybe it was for you, too?
God doesn’t want us to get stuck or to dwell in the past. He has a hope and a future for us, and we must keep moving forward toward His goal for us and with His ever present help.
I looked up some Bible verses about moving forward…
Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)
13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Job 17:9 (NLT)
9 The righteous keep moving forward,
and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Proverbs 4:25 (ESV)
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Proverbs 4:25 (NIV)
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Hebrews 12:1-2a (NIV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus.
And this one is my favorite. I’ve made this my Bible verse for the year:
This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
~ Isaiah 43:16, 18-19
I couldn’t resist making another printable. There are so many verses I love!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
Download this free printable of Jeremiah 29:11 in the size you prefer:
Do you have any favorite Bible verses about moving forward?
I’d love to hear them! Please leave a comment below.
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