Choose one word to be your theme for the year.
This seemingly simple challenge, from Amy in her recent blog, sent my mind off in search of a word to describe my hopes and passions for this year.
I reflected on my recent past. Pondered my responsibilities at work and home. Glanced the books stacked on my desk. Considered the labors that bring joy to my heart.
I arrived at my word: SENT
I want to live as a sent person this year. The verb gives a sense of motion; but it is purposeful motion. Furthermore, being sent implies a sender.
Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
As Jesus was to his disciples in 1st century Jerusalem, he remains our model today. We are sent to spread the gospel message in word and in deed: rescue the oppressed, feed the hungry, care for the orphan, seek justice, build the church, love, teach, pray, find the lost sheep, heal, baptize, and above all else, bring honor to God.
Jesus commissioned and sent the disciples to grow the church, to go and do His work upon the earth. The church was his new plan to growth His Kingdom beyond the prophets, kings, and nation of Israel. He breathed the Holy Spirit into the disciples’ lives to give guidance, power, knowledge, and authority. We have this same Holy Spirit today!
Each morning as I step out of my bed and journey through my day, I will seek to maintain the attitude of being sent to serve and carry out Christ’s mission.
How honorable is the Christian calling! How noble the Christian aim!
How sacred the Christian fellowship! How bright the Christian hope!
~J. R. Thomson (The Pulpit Commentary)
To help find your word, consider these questions:
1) What did last year bring?
2) What are you doing today? This week?
3) What do you long to do if you had the time and financial resources?
Please share your word! Let’s one-word-journey together.