For the past two years, I’ve picked a word to be my theme for the year. In 2015, it was peace, and I began going to church and meditating. In 2016, it was change, and, man, did my life change.
For 2017, I want a word that describes my plans to make a successful life that still allows me to take care of my health.
A word I’ve encountered a lot lately is persevere.
Definition of persevere
: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
Perseverance is an important word in the Christian faith. Those who persevere are blessed (James 1:12) and will gain character and hope (Romans 5:3-5). Not only will those who persevere reap blessings (Galatians 6:9), they will reign in Heaven with God (2 Timothy 2:12).
I know the importance of persevering through the tough times. I would not be who I am without enduring pain and trials. I like the person I am now, and I’ve learned many lessons along the way to becoming her.
But I don’t want to simply persist. Despite my limitations, I want to create a life/work environment where I can continue to grow and succeed. I don’t want to stop at good enough.
So, my word for 2017? Thrive.
Definition of thrive
1: to grow vigorously : flourish
2: to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper
3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances
I want to flourish. I want to prosper. I want to progress and realize my goals despite my struggles with Crohn’s disease.
2017, here I come!
What’s your word for the year?