Word of the Year 2020

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.

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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.

  1. To fill; to accomplish; as, to complete hopes or desires.
  2. To fulfil; to accomplish; to perform; as, the prophecy of Daniel is completed.

PERFORM´, v. t. [L. per and formo, to make.]

  1. To do; to execute; to accomplish; as, to perform two days’ labor in one day; to perform a noble deed or achievement.
  2. To execute; to discharge; as, to perform a duty or office.
  3. To fulfill; as, to perform a covenant, promise or contract; to perform a vow.
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FIN´ISH, v. t. [Arm. finiçza; Fr. finir; L. finio, from finis, an end, Ir. fuin, W. fin. Class Bn. No. 23.]

  1. 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.
  2. To make perfect.
    Episodes, taken separately, finish nothing. Broome.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.]

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare; to pursue an enemy.
  4. To seek; to use measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law.
  5. 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.
  6. To follow as an example; to imitate.
    The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. Dryden.
  7. 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

My definition

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!

2 thoughts on “Word of the Year 2020

  1. I love it! I have been planning and dreaming for a long time. This year, I am hoping to spend more time doing and following through as well. Even if it is small.

    1. Here’s to plugging away at our dreams, Dana. Hats off to you and the hard work you are putting in You will reap a great harvest!

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