Name Your Year


I learned to name my year from my spiritual father, Jack Hayford. During his time as the senior pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, he would seek the Lord for a moniker to guide us as a congregation throughout the year. After I got married, I would do the same thing for our family and business. Recent names have been:


  • A Year of Open Doors
  • A Year of Honor and Covenant
  • A Year of F.O.C.U.S.


In 2018, I was excited when I learned it was to be a Year of Travel. I immediately envisioned traveling and speaking on TRINSPIRATION®-themed topics throughout the country and perhaps outside the United States. I was hoping to share my thoughts on how we can come together as a country by speaking three-word phrases that will build-up, encourage, and comfort. But the travel I experienced was not what I envisioned at all in January of 2018. The most significant travel I made during the year was five trips to Springfield, Missouri to spend time with my dad before he passed from cancer on August 16th. The most significant talk I gave was at his memorial service at James River Church in Ozark, Missouri.


Meanwhile, my Freedom Church pastor, Justice Coleman, named 2018 as a Year to Imagine. That name carried me throughout the 365 days of 2018. Speaking as I had “imagined” took an entirely different turn. What I’ve learned from naming my year is that the truth of the phrase I’ve been given usually doesn’t end on December 31st of that year. For instance, during the year of Honor and Covenant I learned more about the rewards of honor and the following year learned more about my covenant. What I’ve learned about open doors/portals in 2017guided me in 2018 and will continue into 2019. You may notice that FOCUS was punctuated as F.O.C.U.S. because I was given a TRINSPIRATION® phrase for each letter:


  • Frame Your World
  • Occupy the Space
  • Champion a Cause
  • Understand Your Significance
  • Start a Trend


Needless to say, those TRINSPIRATION® phrases still guide me three years later.


An interesting thing happened, though, after my Dad’s funeral on my drive home to California from Missouri. I heard in my spirit, The Year of Travel is over and a Year of Winning starts with the Jewish New Year. The only travel I did after that was to Texas for a close friend’s son’s wedding. Does that mean I won’t travel much in 2019? Not necessarily if the past is any indication of the future. However, my focus will be on “winning” whether it includes travel or not. I will also continue to “Imagine” a future in which we come together as a nation to inspire each other with TRINSPIRATION®-themed phrases like:


  • Prophesy Through Love
  • Appreciate the Contrasts/li>
  • Amplify Your Voice/li>
  • Aspire to Inspire/li>
  • Find Your Broom/li>


By the way, on January 6th, our pastor announced 2019 is the year to “Risk.” I love it and I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of “Risking” throughout 2019 and beyond. I’d love to know what you’ve named your year. Please comment in the section below.


Enjoy the Journey,

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