We’ve all heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers.” Often, there’s hidden truth to common sayings like these. Right now, it may seem like we are stuck in an “April shower,” a time of disappointment or confusion, while we patiently wait for “May flowers” to bloom and produce a sense of hope and refreshment.
Happy New Year, Kanakuk Family! Welcome to 2019—can you believe it’s already here?
At the start of a new year, many people choose a single word or phrase to wave as a banner over the coming 12 months. A “word of the year” serves as a guide for thoughts, decisions and prayers throughout the year, while establishing consistency and focus—two things that are invaluable in an ever-changing, fast-paced world.
Whether you are a Kamper, counselor, family member, director or brand new to Kanakuk, choosing a word and taking it to heart can transform the way you approach your year.
Today, we share several words that we hope encourage you to self-reflect and pray about what God would have your own word for 2019 be. Feel free to share your word with us on social media—we’d love to know what you choose!
STEADFAST: to be resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering; fixed in place, immovable; not subject to change; firm in belief, determination, or adherence; loyal
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
We are not called to live only for a certain season or a specific day. We are called to live each and every day to the fullest for Christ! The love of Jesus isn’t conditional or contingent upon the date on the calendar. It’s consistent and steadfast. There is nothing that could separate us and His mercies are new every single morning. In 2019, we can hold fast to that truth and be steadfast in our faith in Him.
ABUNDANCE: an ample quantity, profusion; plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
Throughout the Bible, we learn that God offers abundance to those who trust Him. Scripture says that God will provide an abundant life to those who "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." (Matthew 6:33) The Lord is pleased by our trusting Him and He is faithful to provide us with everything we need. Christ offers a life full of more fullness and joy than we could ever imagine. Will you choose to live in abundance this year?
BRAVE: showing courage;.endure or face unpleasant conditions or behavior without showing fear; to face or endure with courage
“The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior."
In Judges, we learn about Gideon––an ordinary man who demonstrated extraordinary courage when faced with the challenge of leading an army into a seemingly impossible battle. Gideon and his army of 300 were to face the Midianites, an army of 15,000. Knowing that Gideon lacked bravery, God sent an angel to let him know that he was not alone (Judges 6:12). What we learn from Gideon’s story is that we can be brave because the Lord is with us through all of life’s challenges. If we allow God to work through us, we are equipped to face even the most daunting or difficult challenges. We are called to be brave in 2019!
YES: an affirmative reply; used as a function word to express assent or agreement
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
Maybe this is your year of, “Yes!” We are not called to have an understanding of all things, but to instead lean on the Lord and say “yes” to what He has planned for us (Proverbs 3:5-6). When we say yes to Jesus, we are promised abundantly more than we could have ever imagined for ourselves. Think of where you want to be one year from now—the journey to get to that point is based in part on the decisions you make day-to-day, but it is also dependant upon your willingness to follow Jesus. If He is pulling you in a direction, say yes to Him! He will guide you down the most perfect path in 2019, and beyond. Just say “yes.”