Wow! Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday we were starting a new chapter in our lives by welcoming 2017, and now it is January 1, 2018.

It was Christmas day, 2016, and I was anticipating on getting a bracelet from this company called “The Giving Keys” that helps the homeless by employing them. Each piece of jewelry is a key that is collected and used by the company to create necklaces, bracelets, and more. You can pick a word to have engraved on the key, and they ship the item to you in a matter of days. When I saw the little pouch with “THE GIVING KEYS” on it, I was so excited, and as I pulled out the bracelet, I saw that the word my parents chose to have engraved on the key was the word “faith.”

I didn’t know why they chose that word or what the meaning behind it was going to be for my life, but I decided to declare that as my “word” for the next year, 2017. I wore the bracelet every single day, and even now, I still wear it almost all day, every day.

As the year went on, I constantly would look at the bracelet, especially when I would go to the doctor or if I was in a tough situation at the moment, and it was a continuous reminder to me to have faith.

Often times, we forget to have faith. It’s not a verb, but rather, it’s a noun. It’s having confidence in something or someone, trusting in that object or thing. When we go to sit in a chair, we automatically have faith that it will hold us up, unless it has an uneven leg or is not sturdy enough, then we doubt.

When our confidence, or faith, is low, we begin to analyze our situation and wonder where God is or why we are going through the predicament we are in. We trust that God knows what is going on, but we don’t trust Him enough to hand everything over and give it all to Him to figure out.

There were many of times when my faith was low last year, and it still gets that way even today. I doubted. I feared. I wondered why I was suffering or why God was being silent. Sometimes though, it’s not God that is silent, it’s our own selves who are silent to Him, and we don’t talk to Him like we should. His Word is always present. All we have to do is open it up, and He speaks to us through it.

Having faith, even if it is as small as a mustard seed (which is extremely small), can move mountains when we place our trust in Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “…for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” That faith, though, can only move mountains if we keep that faith in Christ, praying and fasting.

You are probably wondering why I just told you all about the word that I claimed for last year, but I felt led to explain that word in depth before I continued on with this post.

Christmas 2017 came around, and I wanted another key with a different word on it. This time, my parents chose the word “believe” to be engraved on the necklace that I got.

The word “believe” is very similar to the word “faith,” but the difference between the two is that one (believe) is a verb, whereas the other (faith) is a noun, like I told you a few paragraphs ago.

I looked up “believe” in the thesaurus on my dictionary app, and one of the synonyms was “keep the faith.” When I read that, it really moved me and made me think.

Last year I had to make sure that I had a good foundation for my faith, and this year, I feel like God is saying, “You know that faith that you have? Well, this year I want you to put it into action, allowing your faith to be made even stronger by believing.”

There is so much coming up in 2018 for me, with college decisions that I still am having a hard time making, graduating from high school, and so much more that I don’t even know yet.

The one thing I do know, though, is that I need to keep the faith. I need to believe that God is on the move, molding and shaping things together, and in His timing, things will come to pass how they should. 1 Timothy 4:10 says, “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”

So, what’s your word for 2018? How are you going to use that word throughout the year?

If you don’t have a word, ask God to show you what word He wants you to hold onto for these next 365 days.


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