This month we are checking in with our writers about how their “word of 2016” is going. I’ll start us off by talking about my word – relentless.
This word caught me by surprise. My word for 2015 was consistency and I felt the Lord whispering to me last fall, “Rebecca, I have something bigger for you for 2016.” I kept seeing this word in magazines, on billboards, inside calligraph-ied quotes on Pinterest, in conversation and it got stuck in my head like the lyrics of a 90s’ country song.
Around December when I make the call on what my word will be each year, I was three months away from running my first full marathon. I was nervous, tired and lacking some motivation. I decided that relentless would be my word, at least until the end of February after the marathon.
This word carried me through those 26.2 miles for sure, but fortunately or unfortunately it took me much further than the finish line. After the marathon was over and as 2016 continues to unfold there are many other opportunities for me to approach situations, decisions and conversations with a relentless attitude.
Relentless…harsh or inflexible, oppressively constant or incessant. These synonyms came into play in a season of added workload with my job alongside the continued growth of 818 Ministries. The Lord has shown me in each area of my life to seek Him with a surrendered and open heart to what He has for me in the future. And also, I’ve learn how to press forward not knowing what that looks like and relentlessly pursuing the next step in front of me.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24)
I thought I knew my life verse until this year. This verse was put in front of me so many times that it eventually stuck and alongside the word relentless, the Lord has used this verse to challenge me in so many ways.
My why is ultimately the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. What is yours?
How is your word for 2016 going? Share with us on social media!