In past years, I have asked the Lord if there was a word for the year that I could hold onto, think about, practice and live. Some of my past words have been joy, compassion, and love. I noticed that each year, the word became a prayer, an observation, a practice and definitely a challenge to live out.
Towards the end of December, I took some time to think about a word for the year. I asked the Lord. Savor is the word I heard. I went right away to the dictionary. Webster's says savor means to "enjoy the taste or smell of (something) for as long as possible; to enjoy (something) for a long time. My favorite word-nerd app is Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary. It says savor means "to like, to delight in, to favor."
I'm curious about this word. What will it mean for me and my year? In what ways shall I savor and delight in the Lord? How can I practice savoring and enjoying moments in my day? What is the Lord trying to teach me through this word?
I also have a concern about choosing a word for the year. I have not chosen a word the last two years because, at times, I felt the word became a burden and not a blessing. Can I live up to the word?
Then I remind myself it's practice. I am not always going to get it right. I might miss moments I should savor. Am I going to let guilt get in the way? No! If I enjoy more of my life than I did last year, then I am satisfied. It's a win. And honestly, the word is beckoning me to commune with the Lord, to savor moments with Him. To enjoy being with Him. I'm looking forward to this year.
Have you chosen a word for the year? I'd love to hear what word you chose.
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