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Why You Don't Have to Set a Word for 2017

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Joy, grace, work hard, and limitless. These are some of the words I thought about making my ‘word of 2017’. I've seen the words others have chosen and thought long and hard.

But in the end, I decided that I’m not going to set a word for the year, and you don’t have to either.


Because it’s hard! No - I’m just kidding (though it’s pretty hard to pick just one!).

The reason you don’t have to set a word for 2017 is simply because there is no reason to limit yourself. Each time I try to pick a word, I realise that I’m going as wide as possible because if a single word is going to set the tone for my whole year, it better well cover every good and positive thing!

But when I thought about what I was doing, I realised that 2017 does not need to be defined. Each year is a fresh chapter to be filled with so many exciting and unexpected things, and there’s absolutely no reason to try to encapsulate all of the wonderful things that’s about to happen into just one word.

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That said, there’s nothing wrong in picking a word if it feels right to you. For me, it was ‘grace’ last year, which I loved and was truly and overarching theme in my whole year. This year, I’ve chosen not to pick a word because (even though I of course want grace this year and the years to come!) I feel that this year is personally one with many possibilities, and I just want the pages to be as open as possible.

Instead, I’ve decided on what I want to focus on this year, and I challenge you to do the same. For me, part of that includes my final university exams before I graduate (eeeek!), figuring out my next steps as I venture into the ‘real world’ (and here, my eeeek! becomes an aaahhh!), and listening to what God wants me to do with my future.

2017 can be anything you want. Plans change - even you change - and it’s hard to pick a word to define your entire year when so many things can happen in 12 months. As long as you know what your priorities are, I’d say that’s your word of the year covered