It was just around the time that I realized another year of the same resolutions weren't going to cut it. Twenty nine days and already I had failed. Failed because I failed to look at the BIG PICTURE.
And that big picture can be broken down to just One Word.
The concept of My One Word is to pick one word and allow God to use that word to mold and shape you in 2011.
My One Word in their own words:
"Every New Year we hope this will finally be the year that things will change. We make promises about the new person we're going to become, pledging to get a grip on our finances, get in shape, become a better parent, spouse, even a nicer human being! But there’s one problem: our resolutions seldom work. The busy pace of life gets the better of us, and suddenly, the year is over with little to no personal growth having occurred in our lives."
“My One Word” is an experiment designed to move you beyond the past and look ahead. The challenge is simple: lose the long list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick ONE WORD. This process provides clarity by taking all of your big plans for life change and narrowing them down into a single thing. One word focuses on your character and creates a vision for your future."
Last year the word that kept bubbling up in my spirit was...
— adj 1. a. having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
Now as I prepare for 2011 I will take the following steps from My One Word:
Step 1: DETERMINE THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT TO BECOME
The first step is to simply take some time and decide what kind of person you want to be at the end of this year. This goes beyond simply being healthier and wealthier, but it must drive deep into your soul. What about the condition of your heart? What about the person that God Himself has created you to be?
Step 2: IDENTIFY THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THAT PERSON
Get a picture of that person and then simply identify their major characteristics. Is that person gentle? Is that person generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become?
Step 3: SIMPLY PICK A WORD
Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things that you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD.
So this year I challenge you to spend some time on the My One Word website and think and pray about where you want to be a year from now...
Consider the word that defines that goal, that vision, THAT YOU...and pick Your One Word.
And now on a completely random note, I totally messed up!
I didn't mention Myra Johnson's blog appearances in the WE Edition.
So let's have some fun with my brain fart.
If you lovely Seeker friends will pop over and say hi, I will pick two winners for a copy of her Abingdon Press release, One Imperfect Christmas. If you have that book we'll talk about what other book you would like.
December 27 & 29, two-part guest blog with Shannon Vannatter
December 30, guest blog with Elizabeth Ludwig.
Winner announced in the WE Edition.
My One Word for next year might just have to be ORGANIZATION!!