A Word for 2019

Every December, I ask God to give me a word to challenge me and to direct my prayer and service for the coming year.  I believe this year He has given me "faithfulness."  While I thought I knew what this word meant, I wanted to check out its exact dictionary meaning.  For "faithfulness,"  I found: "thorough in the performance of duty; true to one's word, promises, vows; steady in allegiance or affection, loyal, constant.'

As I thought about this, I realized what a challenge it is to be faithful.  Faithfulness is an attribute of God, closely linked to His covenant love.  How can I hope to be faithful as He is faithful? Taken that way, it's overwhelming. 

But isn't that exactly what I am called to be; to be transformed into the very image of Christ?  To reflect His faithfulness to those around me by my faithfulness to who He calls me to be and what He calls me to do?  

I recall, then, that faithfulness is a Fruit of the Spirit.  It is not something I do, in my own power, but the Spirit of God working in me makes me faithful as I surrender to Him daily.  It is a result of the God living in me.  It is to be "full of faith" that as I do what I am called to do, my God will do what He has promised to do.  It is to place my faith and trust in Him, not in myself.

My "resolution" this year is to be found faithful.  

Has God given you a word or Scripture to direct you in 2019?  If He has, I'd love it if you'd share it with me so I can pray it over you this coming year.