Today on Facebook, there was a LOT of conversations centering around the Word for the Year. I have been thinking about it for a while and my husband and I have finally settled on Amplify as our word for 2015. This was one of my comments today and it kind of sums it all up, and yet leaves it all wide open too.
A Word for the Year is not some sort of magic pill. Having one doesn't make you better, and not having one doesn't make you worse. But for some, it does bring focus.
Last year our word was Progress.
We made a lot of progress last year in several areas. This is what I wrote about it recently in another article:
We (my husband and I) want to take the progress the Lord has given, the things He has allowed us to establish and THINK BIG. We want to concentrate this year on strengthening those things, growing their reach, influence and impact.
Amplify and Contentment
To amplify something you have to have it to begin with. Instead of lamenting what we do not have, or whining over what we have not accomplished. We want to start where we are now, take we DO have and strengthen it, make it bigger, more well-known, more of a light to others, more complete.
Amplify and Nurture
Nurturing is protecting and nourishing during growth. This is what we want to do for our children, our marriage, and for our family in the coming year. Nurture, nourish and make them stronger as they grow.
Amplify and Community
When you amplify something it implies that there is someone on the receiving end. We want to amplify our efforts in both our real life and online communities. Nurturing relationships that gain us the privilege of sharing Christ and his strength with our communities.
Amplify and Responsibility
When amplify is used in such a way as to give more or more complete information, there is an implied responsibility. Our desire for our homeschool ministry and business is to be responsible to amplify information and more widely share resources. We want to have a greater impact, shed more light, grow our reach, give more education, so that more people can have more information, moving them to more action, whether that be in their personal and spiritual lives, marriages, families, homeschools or finances. And our responsibility is amplified as well by the two languages and cultures we serve.
These are big tasks to aspire to, but once again we return to His words in I Thessalonians 5:24:
Faithful is He (God) who calls you, who also will do it.
It's not about us. It's about him and his glory.
I'll be sharing more specific goals soon. Be sure to subscribe here, so you don't miss it! But for now I'd love to hear your word for this year, and what that means to you.