It’s time to announce my new Word of the Year. This word has been jumping off the page to me for several weeks. It’s a great word to think about this year — “Kind.” One of the most common derivatives of this word, of course, is “kindness,” so I’ll be watching for both words.
The word first came to my attention while singing a worship song on a walk. It brought tears to my eyes to imagine the kind heart of God. We all need kindness:
You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger.
Your name is great and your heart is kind.
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find.
If you have never chosen a word before, I highly recommend it. What word would you like to focus on this year? Each of my previous words still stay with me to this day and jump off the page when I see them–Hold, Way, Trust, Refuge, Journey, Presence, Pain, Worship, Cast, Joy. They’ve become deeply meaningful, personal and special to me. Powerful!
Here are some quotes using my word, “Kind.”
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgive our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. — Ephesians 1:7-8
Old-Ma sitting in her rocker by the fire, wrapped up in the coat that had belonged to Old-Pa, so long ago that those times were hardly a memory, a thick-set woman shrinking with the years, everything about her shrinking but her heart. And that heart was as large as the mountains. Larger. Her whole life was nothing but kindness. It warmed him, just the thought, and lifted his feet as surely as it lifted his spirits. He knew he was home then, really home, and that all the rest of it was done now. Because Old-Ma would be sitting there, maybe sleeping in her rocker, or maybe still working through a chapter in the Bible that had come to belong to her, as surely as her hands and feet did, a Bible marked and turned down and spotted with decades of touching every single page. And she lived that way, if nobody else in the world did, nobody but her. She lived a Christian woman’s life so that it didn’t even seem like there was any trying in it, as if it had been born into her, as if her kindness was natural as breathing. On those days when his father’s hard face eased a little he was fond of saying that Old-Ma would’ve fixed a plate for Judas Iscariot, if he ever came by, and prayed him along on his travels. — Owen Parry, Our Simple Gifts, pg. 105-106
When you give a word of kindness for someone who needs it, that’s an act of worship. — Max Lucado
My wish this holiday season, is for people not to make assumptions about others, to put themselves in others’ shoes, to respect others as they wish to be respected, to respond with kindness even when they disagree, to live and let live. — Julia Ioffe, Washington Post News Service, 12/25/18
Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. — Colossians 3:12 (NLT)
What is your Word of the Year?