I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to have a word for 2017 and partly because I felt like most words that get chosen are cutesy or really feel good. Not to be a pessimist, but I didn’t want to hold myself to that because I have no idea what this year holds. But there was a word that kept gnawing at me and it was the word “redemption.” Looking back at 2016, I and the rest of the world, to be honest, needs redemption. Redemption within our lives and with God.
I have this hunger to prove myself for some reason. A need to redeem where I am at life right now. 2016 left me questioning my past decisions, feeling bitter, and a bit lost. I let things get this way, so it’s time to change it.
The thing about redemption is that it gets messy. We have to fully acknowledge where we are, what we’ve done, and spill it all to God. It’s time to stop harboring past experiences and resentment to fully step into a new time freely. It’s time I realign my life to what God intended it to be.
That’s what attracted me about the word redemption. It’s a challenge that I have to come back to every day and surrender. But this is what I need. A push in the right direction where God leads. Everyone needs redemption.
Are you choosing a word this year?