I’ve never been a big New Year’s resolutions type of girl. Probably because I fail to complete 90% of them. Instead, I prefer to focus on new routines and systems I can incorporate into my life that will become life-long habits. This year, in addition to my new routines, I’m choosing a 2021 Word of the Year to make sure my priorities and routines fit into my overall life vision. That’s why my 2021 Word of the Year is GLORIFY. Because I want everything I do, every goal I set, and every action I take to glorify God as best as I can.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Choosing a 2021 Word of the Year
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If you’re struggling to choose a Word of the Year, I suggest you brainstorm a word of words that you would want someone to use to describe your life. While being “productive” or “losing weight” might be good goals to create, you probably want to dig deeper.
I’ve already chosen my word of the years and will explain it further in a bit, but as an example here are a few other words that were close contenders:
Did you pick your word already? Remember, it can be a noun, verb, or anything! And if not, feel free to borrow one of these. Here’s also a look at the year I picked the word “VISION” as my word of the year. For more guidance, grab this “One Word One Year Faith Journey” journal to make sure you stay on track!
Here’s how I will be applying my Word of the Year “Glorify” to all aspects of my life in 2021.
I came across this Christian Today article that outlines, “6 ways your marriage can glorify God” and I thought they were so good I want to share them with you.
1.) By loving one another.
2.) By pursuing purpose together.
3.) By setting yourself apart for each other and God. (Faithfulness).
4.) By building a family unit.
5.) By growing more like Christ together.
6.) By blessing others around you.
After five years of marriage, my husband and I are definitely better at some of these than others. For instance, I would love to focus on growing more like Christ together and blessing others! As for my half of the marriage, this year I’m planning on asking myself, “Does this glorify God?” more in the way I act towards my husband and what I do for him. I’m sure it will be quite an eye-opener! 😉
As a mom, I’ve really been enjoying the “terrible twos” because it’s been so fun to see our little girl explore and grow. Of course, I still have those days that I feel I may pull my hair out and in those moments I want to learn to be in control of my situation, instead of letting the frustration control me. I know that will glorify God.
I also take parenting very seriously. Not just helping her meet milestones and the like, but the eternal consequences our parenting will have on this little person. As she grows I want to show her more of the love of God through my words and actions. I also want to raise a kind, hardworking, contributing member of society.
How can I glorify God in my health this year? While I’ve always taken good care of myself, too often it’s been for vain reasons. I wanted to “look good.” This year I’ll be asking more questions about what food and exercise choices glorify God and not myself. Feeling our best can allow God to use us in a variety of ways to pursue Him and serve others. But it can also be taken to an extreme. Focusing too much on our health can take our attention off God and on ourselves and I’ll be searching for that healthy balance this year!
This past month my husband and I dug deeper into our finances. We have some big goals we’re pursuing and a plan will help us get there. My husband and I are both good with money and have always saved more than we spent. In order to glorify God with our money, we’ll just need to stay the course, but I’d also like to learn to be more generous with our money this year too.
Twenty-twenty has definitely been the year of online friendships but it definitely made in-person friendships a lot harder. This is an area of my life I feel like I always have room for improvement in, particularly because I’m an introverted homebody. (So thank you to my friends who have stuck with me – haha!) This year I’ll be exploring how I can glorify God a lot more in my friendships, and while I know this will push me out of my comfort zone, I’m excited to see what comes of it.
Writing, blogging, and social media replaced my “real job” when I became a full-time stay-at-home mom on January 4, 202o. Since then though, I’ve prayed so many times for my work here to glorify God and bless others. That’s because every time I took my eyes off God and focused more on numbers, fans, and followers, I became frustrated and discontent.
When we make our work about ourselves we will never find fulfillment. I learned, and am still learning, that lesson the hard way. This year I really pray that my work may glorify God even if I don’t gain one more follower on any platform and I never get a book deal. Because as long as I can keep surrendering my work to Him, I can trust He’ll bring the increase whether I can see it now or not.
What’s your 2021 word of the year? What areas of your life will you apply it to?