It’s time to reveal my “Word of the Year” for 2013 — it’s “Journey.” This was impressed strongly upon me in December when I was writing this blog post for Compassion.
At first I honestly didn’t think I wanted this word because nearly every use of the word in the Bible is related to (are you ready for this?) — a journey. A real-live, going across the country journey. I thought it would be a boring word to study. But I couldn’t get away from it. I kept hearing the word and reading it. I am not exaggerating to say that every single TV show I watched in a two-week period used that word. I knew it was the one God wanted me to focus on this year. It has already gripped my life in a huge way as I sense God taking me, literally, on a journey of discovery, healing, wholeness and understanding.
Here is my first list of the uses of this word in my journal for 2013.
What dictates our giving is how God has prospered us. “Prospered” is euodoo, which comes from euros, “easy to travel through,” and literally means “to prosper,” make good one’s journey! The idea then is not just money, but a good journey in general. Has God given us a good journey? We, therefore, should give accordingly — systematically, sacrificially, and sublimely. – J. D. Watson, A Word for the Day, 11/27
[The Feast of Tabernacles] involved the Israelites presenting offerings for seven days while they lived in huts (booths) made of palm fronds and leafy tree branches to remember their journey in Canaan. –Ibid, 6/16
Our journey starts here and any mystery around the corner we can discover together. — Person of Interest, TV show
You’ve had quite a journey — do you feel like any of this relates to you? – The Voice, TV show
It’s just been an amazing journey. –Amazing Race, TV show
The journey it has been to get here… –Collin Klein, Heisman Trophy Finalist
What a journey! It’s been a long, winding road. – Johnny Manziel, Heisman Trophy Winner
To win…this would be another part of my journey. –Chopped, TV show
It is more about the journey than the outcome. –Chopped, TV show
Having searched out the talmidim there, we remained for a week. Guided by the Spirit, they told Sha’ul not to go up to Yerushalayim; but when the week was over, we left to continue our journey. – Acts 21:4-5a (CJB)
And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. And through the Spirit they were telling Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey. –Acts 21:4-5a (ESV)