One Word for 2014

Last year, my friend Elise wrote a post that challenged me to come up with one word for 2013. I wrote about it here.

Now I'm thinking about a word for 2014. But before I do, here's a look back at how this "one word concept" impacted me in 2013.

My word was NOW.
I wanted to SAVOR the NOW - not miss the present because I was worried about the future.
   ~ and ~
I wanted to DO it NOW - stop procrastinating, take action, and avoid distraction. 

This vase above was a gift from my daughter. I kept it on my desk, its image on my phone home screen, and thought about "NOW" a lot!

In my contemplation, my mind initially went to all the things I procrastinated about and I felt like a failure. Yup. Thankfully, that's not the end of my story.

I thought some more about decisions that I did act upon - in the NOW. Yes, I may have put off some things, but not all things. And some of these decisions fulfilled lifelong aspirations.

One of them set me on a new trajectory in life. 

In June, I saw a friend's post on Facebook about human trafficking. Unknown to anyone, my interest in HT was growing. I harbored a desire to get involved in some way to rid the world of slavery, but had no idea how. I began collecting information, supporting friends who were serving with IJM in India, reading fiction and nonfiction on this issue.

When Tanya posted a story from her blog on facebook, I commented adding "I'm interested in this...." Another (totally unrelated) friend commented too, adding "If you do something, let me know." This comment sparked the question in me - "Am I going to do something? Or is this another time where I say I want to do something, but don't actually do anything?" 

NOW - my word for 2013.

So in that moment, I did something. I reached out to Tanya, and God took over.

From our meeting across her kitchen table a few months ago, we have grown into Justice Network, an group dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking and supporting organizations on the front lines of the issue, both local and global.

I've learned more in the past few months than I have in the past few years. Our little group is growing in unimaginable ways (Eph. 3:20-21). There's LOT more I'll be sharing with you about this in January.  Look for it!!!

The purpose of today's post is to share my word for 2014 and to hopefully inspire you to consider adopting a word for your 2014.

For the past 2 weeks, I pondered what my word would be for the new year.

And today it hit me. Just flew into my brain matter, struck a chord in my heart, and lodged there.


I want to not only be a woman of faith, who fully loves God, though that would be enough.

I want to be faithful in the commitments I make, those He calls me to. I want my "yes" to mean "yes." I want to act faithfully, to learn more about this fruit of the Spirit, and to be transformed into the embodiment of faithfulness.

My favorite definition of faithfulness came from Wikipedia of all places!

Faithfulness is the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something and putting that loyalty into consistent practice, regardless of extenuating circumstances. It may be applied to a husband or wife does not engage in sexual relationships outside of the marriage, a customer at a restaurant who regularly dines there, or even to God himself with regard to His perpetual love towards His children that is not dependent on their worthiness. Literally, it is the state of being full of faith in the somewhat archaic sense of steady devotion to a person, thing or concept. (emphasis mine)

 Is faithfulness "somewhat archaic" as Wikipedia implies?

I hope not. What do you think???

For more information and inspiration about One Word for One Year, click on over to Circles of Faith where Elise shares her word for 2014 as well as a list of resources to guide you. 

What's YOUR word for 2014?  Please let me know!



Steve said...

Hi Susan,

Thanx for your word is "ready" -- being ready for Christ's return and living accordingly including warning non-believers as a watchman of His coming for His Church. This is the theme of my Masters thesis which I'm sending for preliminary review today to my advisor before submitting to Louisiana Baptist University for final approval (and hopefully graduation in May).

Blessings, Steve

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan -

You've certainly met the challenge of "Now." This is a great way to stay focused.

I actually do this with two words. For 2013, it was "Hold Steady." For 2014, "Move Forward," has caught my attention.

Susan :)

Kimberly Amici said...

Our words are so similar. Mine is Faithful. I was discouraged at the end of this past year, feeling that so many things were incomplete. I had tons of good ideas and didn't see the fulfillment of all of them. But then I felt God calling me to be faithful, to go back and keep taking the small step towards what he has called me to do.

I am looking forward to watching where God takes us in this new year.

Our Stories God's Glory said...

Oh yes, Faithfulness! That's a good one. There is no question God had this ministry waiting for you and you heard Him and said yes...instead of, oh no, not now. I stand amazed at what God is doing through your yes. Surely He planted the dream!

Lisa said...

My word is in slow to speak and quick to hear and SLOW to anger. Some times I feel I can't even do Fast even if I want to.
BLESSINGS. Lookin forward to seeing you!
Love Lisa