It’s hard to choose a favorite word. Is it meaning that’s important – passion, faith? Is it the way the word sounds – mellifluous, opulent? Is it a word with a special, personal meaning – sunshine, amber? What about a favorite word as motivation – believe, flourish?

A couple of weeks ago during our mid-week praise service at church, the speaker asked people to share their favorite words.Words like love, trust, forgiveness were mentioned. So was beautiful, an interesting choice I though. I didn’t share my favorite word, mostly because I couldn’t come up with one.

And to be honest, I still can’t. There are several words that I could claim as my favorite and even write a fairly convincing reason why, but none that I feel attached to.

Maybe extravagant. Not as in spending more than is wise, but as in “going beyond,” “exceeding the bounds of reason.” Love extravagantly, give extravagantly, live extravagantly. I’m not good at extravagant, actually, but I wish I was. Maybe that goes back to a word as motivation.

What’s your favorite word?


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