I selected a word of the year for the first time in 2011. You can read about the word I chose for that year here. In 2013, my unofficial word for the year was build and you can read about that here.
I decided to choose a word for 2014 and I've been mulling it over and praying about it for a couple of weeks. I'm finally ready to share my Word for 2014 . . .
My word for 2014 is simply Abide. Why abide??
John 15:4-5 says:
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
I want to live a life that is fruitful, not barren or meaningless. Clearly, the only way for that to happen is for me to abide in the Vine. It is the Vine (Jesus) that contains all of the life-giving nutrients that I need to grow, to flourish and to bear fruit that remains.
Many times I grow discouraged over unaccomplished goals, failures and setbacks; yet, now I see that I was often trying to accomplish those goals in my own strength. Jesus clearly tells us that apart from Him we can do Nothing that is truly good or significant or lasting.
There are many facets and shades of meaning to this word, abide, and nearly all of them apply to my life and my relationship with my Lord.
verb (used without object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.
to remain; continue; stay: Abide with me.
to have one's abode; dwell; reside: to abide in a small Scottish village.
to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last.
verb (used with object), a·bode or a·bid·ed, a·bid·ing.
to put up with; tolerate; stand: I can't abide dishonesty!
to endure, sustain, or withstand without yielding or submitting: to abide a vigorous onslaught.
to wait for; await: to abide the coming of the Lord.
to accept without opposition or question: to abide the verdict of the judges.
to pay the price or penalty of; suffer for.
This year I hope to draw closer to Jesus and to remain there; to dwell in Jesus' presence; to continue in my relationship wtih Him; to endure His pruning shears; to wait on Him; to accept His will without opposition or questioning; and to be willing to suffer and pay the price of being His disciple and sharing the truths of His Word with boldness in a world that no longer believes the Bible is Truth.
My first step in making Abide be the defining theme of my life this year will be to memorize John 15:1-17. I've embarked on this before, but never completed it. Want to join me in memorizing this passage and letting His Words abide in us?
How about you? Have you chosen a word of the year for 2014? If so, please share it here!