One word. The thought baffles me.
Verbosity is my weakness.
I heard the challenge on the radio a couple of days ago. Instead of writing out a list of goals and achievements; resolutions for the year, to choose one word.
One word to hold onto. One word to inspire. One word. Only one.
So I started thinking. I can do this, right? Just one word, pshaw–that should be easy…right?
Ahem. Until you start trying to narrow it down.
Words filled my mind.
All beautiful words…but they felt redundant to me. Sure, I could use them. But they didn’t feel right. So I prayed about it, and kept thinking and searching. Then I saw it:
A beautiful word. So simple. Mundane, boring even. But the thoughts that filled my mind when I read it whispered, “This is it.”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
To place one foot in front of the other.
To get somewhere.
Swift or slow, to progress.
Steady or shaking, intrepid or heart breaking.
To hold His hand and follow Him.
To take each step. With Him.
“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
“I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”
“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
“When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
“For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.”
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
“for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light“
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,”
“so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”
~1 Thessalonians 2:12
“but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
~1 John 1:7
“the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.“
~1 John 2:6
“And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed;”
What do you think of this challenge–one word for the year?
What would be a word that you would choose?