Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? -Matthew 16:24-26 (NIV)
I’ve been hearing a lot lately about “Word of the Year”. I recall hearing a bit about it last year, but it seems to be a hot trend. I’ve read about it in magazines and blogs, even heard others chatting about it at church. The idea is that this word carries meaning to you and provides inspiration and focus. I had zero interest in tagging some word to my life for a year just because it seemed to be a popular thing. It just sounded like one more thing to ponder, pray about, and decide on. Honestly, I have plenty of material that require all of these things already!
But (you knew that was coming didn’t you?) this word continue to show up everywhere. If the actual word didn’t appear, the idea or the action did.
Jesus, I surrender my life to you. I pray I deny myself, take up my cross and follow you, my Lord and Savior. Amen.