I’ve started out the past few years by choosing a “Word For the Year.” It can’t be just any word, like “petunia” or “supervise.” No, I want a character quality, something to strive toward. Sort of a one-word goal or New Year’s Resolution.

In recent years I’ve adopted words like “grace,” “diligence,” “transparency.” Normally I choose them in the last few days of December, just in time for the new year. But, as I told you a few weeks ago, I’m trying not to stress out about lining everything up on the grid of a calendar. So when January 1 came and went and I had no Word for 2017, I didn’t worry much about it.

Then, last week, the word “truth” popped into my head. I was thinking about all the political propaganda out there, and how some of our news outlets operate not to inform, but to persuade.

Have we these fallen out of favor?

Have we lost these?

When did a commitment to truth become a forgotten virtue… or even a character flaw?

Don’t you feel super frustrated when people are spreading untruths, and you know they’re wrong? Especially those who aren’t sincerely mistaken, but deliberately set out to deceive.

Deceit traps people. I say this because of something Jesus told his disciples:

“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'” (John 8:31-32)

I’m no expert, but it looks to me like, as long as you believe untruth, you aren’t free.

Knowing the truth comes from continuing in Christ’s word and being His disciple…

Which starts with believing Him.

After all, He also said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6)

Back to my 2017 Word For the Year…

As you’ve probably guessed, I chose “Truth” as my word. Studying the truth of God’s word will help me discern falsehood when I hear it. And if you catch me saying something that isn’t true, I hope you’ll call me on it. I may need to fact-check.

Maybe “Freedom” can be my other Word For the Year.

Your turn: Do you welcome truth, even when it’s inconvenient? Ever find yourself content to just hear what you want to hear? I’ve certainly been there! I’d love to have your feedback in the “Leave a Reply” box at the bottom of the post.

Thanks for reading,

About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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3 Responses to Truth

  1. Donna Price says:

    Good idea for a word of the year.


  2. Pingback: A Wise Word from Rachel Anne Ridge | Joywriting: Everybody Has a Story

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