Words have power. Lots of power. Communication to the degree in which we as humans have it sets us apart from the rest of creation. Anyone who knows me, knows I have a passion for these precious gifts called words, and I absolutely adore word application. Since I’m a talker- if you couldn’t tell- I feel I appreciate those who chose their words wisely and are slow to speak. To me they are rare and quite an inspiration. I want to be humble with my words and yield them intentionally because they carry the power of life and death as James 1 so clearly states. So this year, I decided to take a routine I practice in my devotional time and apply it to my year.
No matter what season of life I find myself in, whether it’s walking through a trial for a specific time, or the Lord ushering me deeper with a certain truth, etc. I associate a word with these experiences. I could tell you all about the certain lessons or seasons I’ve found myself in- both high and low- by the words I’ve associated with them. So this year- I chose to dedicate a word to it. I chose the word INVEST.
The concept of investing is just intriguing to me. In my mind, I want to balance the ability to invest in others with no reserve, while prioritizing being invested in as well. Being part of ministry for years at Liberty has shown me especially the importance of finding those you admire and want to learn under, as well as giving your best to those you have been privileged to have a platform in their life with. I want to invest in my daily actions; in my relationships, studies, spiritual life, physical and mental health- everything.
The Lord is so incredibly faithful, and a constant, steadfast presence in my life. Nothing brings the fulfillment, promise and hope that Christ does.
…This 2017, I want to commit to being intentional with the present so I can produce and cultivate fruit for the future. It’s a balance of being completely committed and deliberate to the moments at hand, as well as being prudent and purposeful with your future.
It takes wisdom, patience and perseverance to invest- and it always requires something of the individual. It requires a willingness to wait because the vision cast in the present will be worth it down the road. So here’s to a year of investment instead of instant gratification and the perfect marriage between purpose and venture. Here’s to a year that through investing allows the ability to live fully in the present and intentionally for the future. Here’s to a 2017 that invests. In Jesus name.
*cover photo taken by Alyssa Hurley