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I don’t know if this is a specifically Christian practice or if people who aren’t Christians do something similar, too, but it’s become a Thing in my church community to choose a “word” for the year. This is usually an area where we want to see God grow us, something to pray about and focus on as the months continue. Now, I realize that the way I’ve written this paragraph kind of sounds like I’m being critical about having a prayer word (as some call it, including myself), but I actually love the idea.
This year isn’t the first time I’ve had a prayer word. Last year my word started out as “maturity,” but then about a month in, it changed to “abide” and remained that way for the rest of the year. I had a Scripture passage to go with it (John 15:1-11), which I memorized and reviewed once a week. It was the right word for me for that time, and I did, praise Jesus, see some growth in my abiding in Christ.
Anyway, my prayer word for 2020 is “generosity.” I’ve had a desire for the last few months to be more generous; I love giving to others, but I want to be more intentionally generous, both with my time and my money. I also want to have more of a generous spirit. I don’t want to just give to others in my actions, but I want to truly see them “as more important than [my]self,” as Paul exhorted in Philippians 2.
Another goal of mine this year is to study the Bible regularly (as opposed to just reading it devotionally), and so I’ve decided, at least for the time being, to study a different verse/passage each week that relates to generosity. It’s been great so far! 2 Corinthians 9:7, in particular, has been a great encouragement to me, and I can’t wait to see what else I learn about generosity throughout the year. But, of course, I don’t want to just learn about it; I’m also praying God will help me to become a more generous person, from the heart.
I would love to know if anyone else has a “word” for the year, or if you have any ideas for generosity-related Scriptures I could study!