Word of the Year – Go

Several weeks ago my blogging friend, Vanessa, asked those of us on her special Facebook page what our words of the year were, if we had one. At the time I told her I was still working on my past words of the year, “Listen”, “Dwell/Abide”, and “Speak”. I guess I also have had unofficial words like “Worship” and “Thanks”, which I’m still working on, as well.

So, I prayed about it, looking at where God has already been leading me this year, and felt that “Go” was the word. As a matter of fact, when I told her that my word was “Go”, I did not tell her that sometimes God’s voice in my heart was saying “Go Go Go!” So, when she made me this photo for my word of the year, God must have whispered in her heart to display “Go” in triplicate! Isn’t that amazing!

The other verse I had given her was:

“‘Go out therefore to the crossroads, and everybody you meet invite to the wedding.'”

Matthew 22:9 WNT

Another verse that I found afterwards was the following:

“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

“The one who showed mercy to him,” he said.

Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”

Luke 10:36,37 HCSB

Basically, I believe God is telling me to “go”, by the strength He is giving me, in numerous ways:

  • To walk in whatever way He may lead me on a given day,
  • Go to whatever place He may lead me,
  • Go show kindness to someone,
  • Go encourage someone,
  • Go tell someone the good news of Jesus’s love for them,
  • Go outside when I feel like staying inside,
  • Go when I feel like sitting and doing nothing.

So far this year that has looked like driving 3,000 miles (praise God for His protection!) in two weeks in January to take my students back to college and visit friends and family.

  • It has looked like volunteering to co-teach a women’s Bible study at church.
  • It has looked like helping plan and getting ready to help direct a women’s retreat,
  • Like going for walks with my husband,
  • Like going shopping with my young, energetic granddaughter,
  • Like going to visit my grandbaby,
  • Like going outside to work for hours in the garden,
  • Like going out of my way to show kindness and encourage those who are hurting.

And we’re only three months into the year! I’m excited to see what other adventures God has in store for me as I have the privilege of walking through life with Him!

What about you? Do you have a word for the year or maybe a word from another year that you’re still working on?

12 thoughts on “Word of the Year – Go

  1. Thank you for sharing your word for 2022 and for asking your readers about theirs.

    My word for this year is forget. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing.”— Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV).

    I tend to bring out the negative highlight reel ,from time to time, and watch it over and over. It’s hard to ruminate on disappointment and trust God at the same time. I’m not talking about unconfessed sin here; at least I don’t think so. No, these are difficult things God has already brought me through. And I need to leave them with Him.

    🙏His best to you and yours.

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    1. What a great word and verse to go with it!
      I think I understand. For me it’s been dwelling on people who have disappointed me. Forgiving them is an absolute must in order to forget what lies behind and reach forward toward what lies ahead. It’s impossible to dwell in unforgiveness and be joyful at the same time.
      Thank you, and His best to you and yours, as well!

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  2. The youth group I used to help lead before me moved had a different word each year, and I still have t-shirts and hoodies with those words on them. When the word was “ONE,” a very creative young lady designed our logo for the year with the word “ONE” in large letters made up of smaller words answering the question, “One what?” – “God, truth, life, focus, vision, passion,” etc. One year the word was “Impact,” and through the year we looked at the various ways Christ has impacted our lives and how we can impact the world for Him. I hope they’re still having a theme each year, it’s a great idea.
    I never picked a word for myself, but I guess my word is “perspective,” as that’s my quest these days. I’m tired of seeing things the way the world sees them. I want GOD’s perspective.

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