On his blog, Mike Cope once commented that each year he tries to choose a “theme word”, a word to focus on over the course of each year. A few years ago, he chose the word “listen”. Great word. Great idea, too.
I suppose last year, my word was “reconciliation”. Not a real flowery word, mind you, but it best expressed who I was aspiring to be in 2008. As I posted earlier, I’m not sure I always succeeded here, but it was still an incredibly rich and rewarding experience. 2 Corinthians 5 is now my favorite passage of Scripture.
So I’ve been reflecting on what my “word” will be for 2009. And the more I think about it, only one word seems to fit: hope. I’ve already written about my recent discovery of Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” But I keep returning to the idea of abounding Spirit-animated hope as my prayer for 2009.
So that’s my word: hope. What about you? What’s your word?