After reading my friend’s blog on this ‘One Word’ thing I got really excited. You see, I’m not one for resolutions. Like most, I believe those are destined to be broken. But give me a theme or focus to live by? Now I can work with that!
Every Thursday our staff gathers for what we call Crave. It’s an hour of prayer, time in the Word, and reflection. I dedicated most of my time that day focusing on what my One Word might be for this new year. Recently, I’ve been making some pretty significant changes in my personal and professional life. These changes (improvements) started back in November. But I didn’t want them to fall victim to ‘resolution syndrome’ and gradually wear off by the end of February. I want (NEED) them to stick!
As I let these thoughts marinate a while, my ‘One Word’ came to me.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, STRIVE means: to devote serious effort or energy (or) to struggle in opposition. That’s it…perfect! And Colossians 3:23 sums it up like this in the HCSB…
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,”
If I look back a bit, I think these might have been my ‘One Words’ in recent years:
2012 – FOCUS
2011 – FORGIVE
2010 – HEAL
Let me ask you, in what way(s) are you hoping for this year to be different than 2012? And what would your ‘One Word’ be?