The first year I did this was the year after my mom died. She was already sick at the time, but we still had no idea what was wrong or that should would not survive 2009. The word I picked that year was "Family."
Loosing my mom was hard and 2009 was a rough year. I started 2010 with the word "Hope." I also used my favorite verse as a focus - Jeremiah 29:11.
I'm not sure I blogged about my 2011 Word of the Year, but it was "Joy." And I don't recall choosing one for last year. However, this year, I have been contemplating this yet again.
I have been looking at resolutions or rather "projects" I want to complete in 2013. One that topped my list was getting my parents slides digitized. I've been able to scan over 300 slides in the last two days and my goal is to have this project completed by the end of the month. I'd like to give these back to my Dad, along with a DVD of them all, as a birthday present.
I have more, but a lot are redundant....get healthy, exercise more, drink less soda, drink more water...the typical ones for this year. I may share my "projects" in another post. I think I'll need some accountability!
However, my word for the year found me last night while I was driving home from the city.
The dictionary defines the root word, redeem, as "to buy or pay off; clear by payment." Jesus did just that with His death....redeemed our sin-filled lives. It is summed us nicely in 1 Peter 1:18-21:
For you know that it was not with perishable
things such as silver or gold that you were
redeemed from the empty way of life
handed down to you from your ancestors,
but with the previous blood
of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
He was chosen before the
creation of the world, but was revealed
in these last times for your sake.
Through him you believe in God, who raised
him from the dead and glorified him, and so your
faith and hope are in God. (NIV)
I have been listening to Big Daddy Weave's song on the radio for a few months now, but last night it really hit me and I decided that this year, I will be redeemed. I will truly trust God. Many of us struggle with past choices and events that have occurred. We all have things we wish we had done differently. This is the year I will set those things aside and truly live out a redeemed life as the daughter of the King.