I have participated in developing a word of the year (WOTY) for many years now. It is a great exercise that helps me set my frame of mind for the year. I think it is scriptural to give a word a theme. It’s not that I am predicting the future, it is more that I am striving to live the year with a certain intention or frame of mind.
Some years I have put much prayer and thought into my word and it has been a sort of struggle to land on the word that just felt…right. 2018 was “consistency.” Last year my word was “grit.” This year choosing my word was relatively easy. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in 2020 and I cannot get them done if I am not consistent in my actions.
Let’s do a short word study on my word for this year: EXECUTE.
Let’s do a word study on my word for this year:
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines execute as: “Literally, to follow out or through. Hence, to perform; to do; to effect; to carry into complete effect; to complete; to finish. We execute a purpose, a plan, design or scheme; we execute a work undertaken, that is, we pursue it to the end.”
Key words from this definition that are defined:
C̵OMPLE´TE, v. t. To finish; to end; to perfect; as, to complete a bridge, or an edifice; to complete an education.
- To fill; to accomplish; as, to complete hopes or desires.
- To fulfil; to accomplish; to perform; as, the prophecy of Daniel is completed.
PERFORM´, v. t. [L. per and formo, to make.]
- To do; to execute; to accomplish; as, to perform two days’ labor in one day; to perform a noble deed or achievement.
- To execute; to discharge; as, to perform a duty or office.
- To fulfill; as, to perform a covenant, promise or contract; to perform a vow.
FIN´ISH, v. t. [Arm. finiçza; Fr. finir; L. finio, from finis, an end, Ir. fuin, W. fin. Class Bn. No. 23.]
- To arrive at the end of, in performance; to complete; as, to finish a house; to finish a journey.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished. Gen. 2.
- To make perfect.
Episodes, taken separately, finish nothing. Broome.
- To bring to an end; to end; to put an end to.
Seventy weeks are determined on thy people, and on thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and make an end of sins. Dan. 9.
- To perfect; to accomplish; to polish to the degree of excellence intended. In this sense it is frequently used in the participle of the perfect tense as an adjective. It is a finished performance. He is a finished scholar.
PURSŪE, v. t. [Fr. poursuivre; pour and suivre, to follow, L. sequor; prosequor, or persequor. See Seek.]
- To follow; to go or proceed after or in a like direction. The captain pursued the same course as former navigators have taken. A subsequent legislature pursued the course of their predecessors.
- To take and proceed in, without following another. Captain Cook pursued a new and unexplored course. New circumstances often compel us to pursue new expedients and untried courses. What course shall we pursue?
- To follow with a view to overtake; to follow with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare; to pursue an enemy.
- To seek; to use measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law.
- To prosecute; to continue. A stream proceeds from a lake and pursues a southerly course to the ocean.
He that pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own death. Prov. 11.
- To follow as an example; to imitate.
The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. Dryden.
- To endeavor to attain to; to strive to reach or gain. We happiness pursue; we fly from pain.
Scriptures that apply
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. 2 Cor. 8:6
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Gen 2:2,3
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
Execute: the act of bringing a thing to conclusion or completion using a deliberate plan of action.
Biblical principle at work: Principle of Christian character
In a future post I will share some outstanding resources that are going to help me get to the finish line at the end of 2020. I plan to share monthly the progress (or lack thereof) on a few of my goals.
Have you ever created your word for the year? Do you have one for 2020? Leave a comment and share it!