One Word. The idea behind One Word is quite simple:
Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.
This year, the One Word community is growing and even has it’s own little corner of the interweb. I have taken the challenge to focus on one word for this new year – discipline.
It was first word that came to mind when I started thinking about one word for 2013. I quickly dismissed it as “too easy” because ‘discipline’ has been on my heart and mind the past couple months. So I continued to think on it and pray about it…but it kept coming up. My thoughts kept leading me back to it. I came across this passage in Hebrew about discipline:
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Hebrews 12:11-13
I know its not going to be easy, but I know that I want it to impact the whole of my year. Instead of making your normal New Years resolution, choose one word and let it impact in the whole of your 2013. For me, its discipline. Waking up earlier and spending time alone learning from Jesus is the foundation for any other change I may want to see happen in my life. Whatever other habit I may be trying to change, this is the starting place. All I know is that Jesus will lead me and give me the grace to change.
Do you have a word for 2013? We’d love to hear the story behind it!
Curious what the whole “one word” thing is about? Check this out.
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