In 2013, I chose Joy.
In 2014, I lived out Quality.
In 2015, my one word was Pursuit.
In 2016, I chose Present but the word Provision chose me (perhaps more on that later..).
In 2017, I will live out Peace.
I believe choosing one word each year has such power over our days ahead. It's an anchor for the way we can live out our days, months & year. It allows our yearly goals to be measured while also allowing for that freedom to grow within that particular time.
It's always such a surprise to look back on my year & note that - yes - that word lived & breathed through me. Perhaps it's lived out in bigger ways some years than others, but there's always a mark of that chosen word - small as it may be - on my time.
Over & over again, the word Peace kept coming to me as my intention for 2017. Perhaps it's the unrest we feel as a community at large or the conflict I've felt in my own personal life. Whatever the reason may be, I am choosing Peace in 2017 & I pray it has a profound impact on my heart & year.
By peace, I don't mean avoiding the noise or quieting my voice (although at times, that might just be what's needed).
I had an amazing conversation with a customer in Tulsa just before Christmas. We were talking about words for the new year and I mentioned mine. She began sharing her thoughts on peace, reflecting on what it could look like in the midst of chaos.
It hit me. She was right.
How can I live out Peace in chaos? Friends, how can we be peace amid the crazy?
In 2017, I will choose Peace.
In how I treat my neighbor on our road, in my community, around the globe. In the choices we make for our business. In the decisions we make as a family. In the ways I speak & in the ways I act.
I look forward to the hard work, the noise, the successes & the mistakes of 2017. How can I be light in darkness & peace in chaos? I look forward to sharing these thoughts in the year ahead!
Do you choose a word for your year? Share your 2017 word in the comments below!