It has been my practice over the past few years to pick a focus word for the year—some quality that I would like to encourage in my home or to work on as a personal quality. Words that I have chosen in previous years include “joy,” “love,” and “hope.”
This year, my word is “kind.” I actually didn’t think long about choosing my focus word, because I have been under conviction over the past few months to intentionally be more kind. I don’t think others would ever characterize me as unkind, but I want develop into a person who cares more about others and who is careful not to speak unkindly about others.
My goals are to:
- Not participate in, encourage, or listen to gossip. To think the best of others.
- Look for ways to bless others, whether it is a word of thanks or encouragement or an action that helps someone.
- When others are harsh or unkind, to respond with kindness (especially with my family members).
- Be less self-focused. To be more aware of others’ feelings and needs.
Do you have a word for the year?