Choosing a Word

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Three years ago, I gave up on New Year’s resolutions and committed myself to one word.  I heard about the idea from Alece over on Grit and Glory.  Here’s the idea: instead of setting resolutions you may or may not keep, focus on one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word you can focus on every day, all year long.

It may be already surfacing for you based on something God is speaking to you.  Is there an area He wants you to grow in?  Your word can have deep biblical meaning, or it could be a simple a word reflecting something of the heart of God.  You can get ideas here, but the best thing to do is slow down over the next few days and ask God for direction. 

The first year, I chose peace when I needed to know the word and what it meant to live it despite my circumstances.  Last year was faithfulness.  And you know what the biggest lesson for me was?  In order to be faithful with what you are supposed to faithful to… you have to say “no” to what you are not called to be faithful to.  Finally, in 2013 my word was “Be.”  I wanted to be who I am, in the moment, with those I have been surrounded with.  Being present with God and aware of His movement among us.

Here is the thing: the word doesn’t just last a year. Each of these words has stayed with me. God uses them to allow me to hear the sacred echoes of his voice.  The lessons and their reminders appear everywhere and they don’t stop.

Goals vs. Resolutions

This time of year naturally lends itself to reflection and reminds us we are people of second chances.  The New Year often motivates us to hit the reset button by thinking back on the last year and making positive changes.  The reason why I don’t like “resolutions” is the pressure to change over night.  While it’s possible to do so for some things, I tend to lean towards real change taking it’s time to work its way out of the way God is molding you and shaping us.

For example, making a healthy lifestyle change doesn’t happen overnight. You have to train yourself to crave better foods, exercise regularly and develop new sleep patterns.  Goals, as opposed to resolutions give you something to work towards.  It allows room {and grace} for the steps you need to take from where you are to where you want to be.

If you are looking for some practical ways to reflect with your tribe, Tsh at The Art of Simple has some great downloads for New Years Eve Reflection. She also has a good list of questions to help you set some goals for 2014,

What I love about life with Jesus is we have this opportunity day after day because His mercies are new every morning and He is the ultimate re-setter and the God of making all things new.

May your word for the year lead you to believe His word, which is trustworthy and true.

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