“What’s your word of the year?”

This challenge came from our Christian radio station – to find a personal theme word of the year. I already had it. While I cringe at the idea that the Lord is bound by our calendar or that He communicates with everyone the same way, the past few years He has given me words, concepts that He impresses on me. First it was “holy” as He taught me about His holiness, and then it was “grace,” both His for me and the grace I’m to show to others.

This year it’s “abide.” Everywhere I look, this word pops up, a good sign God is trying to get through to me. In John 15:5 (NASB), Jesus says, “‘I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.'”

I want to bear fruit. I want to write and speak powerful words that teach people about the Lord and help them grow. I want to have a deep and positive impact on the people in my life.

But sometimes I get too wrapped up in the fruit-bearing…and neglect the Vine. How stupid is that? How can I produce any good work for the Lord without Him?

I can’t. And I don’t want to.

This year – and for the rest of my life – I want to concentrate on abiding in Jesus, attaching myself to my only source of life, of power, and of creativity.

How about you? Do you have a “word of the year” or something God is trying to teach you?