If you have chosen One Word in the past I’m curious what your experience has been like. How meaningful or transformative has it been?
There is certainly nothing magic about choosing One Word, or making resolutions or having goals with strategies. Don’t do it if you feel it doesn’t work for you. There are different seasons of life that make this practice more or less do-able. Read my friend Maggie’s thoughts on No Word 2016 here.
I love this line I ran across by Alia Joy : “No resolution will ever complete what grace has already done for me.”
But we do see in Scripture, the value of paying attention, the value of leading an examined life, of keeping step with the Spirit as we cooperate with God’s transforming work in our lives. How we do that can be as individual as we are, but I’m giving One Word another go for 2016.
This year I have been so captivated by the Message translation of Romans 8:15 and the phrase “adventurously expectant”, that I was tempted once again to choose two words. But as I studied the verse further, it struck me that the only way we can truly be “adventurously expectant” is if we trust our Abba – our “Papa”. And the only way to trust Him is to know Him.
So I’m choosing the whole verse, AND the two words – “adventurously expectant”, BUT if you force me to conform and choose One Word, maybe I’ll say “Papa”. Call me a rebel.
In the past I haven’t been super clear on how I wanted to interact with the whole One Word thing, so this year I want to put some commitments into place.
Here are 4 ways I’m investing in One Word that I hope will make it more impactful. Maybe they’ll help you too.
- Check in monthly.I’ve put a reminder on my calendar on the first day of every month in 2016. On that day I want to ask myself these questions:
- What do you think God is teaching you about Himself through your One Word?
- Is there anything you’ve done differently this month as a result of your One Word?
- What is your One Word prayer this month? Example: Lord, I recognize that addiction to comfort is hindering me from being a fully devoted follower of Yours – responding to any and every prompt from You that might be outside my comfort zone. Please forgive me and help me to respond with “Yes!” to any adventure you have for me this month.
2. Make a Pinterest Board for your One Word. Collect inspirational quotes, pictures, and books that tie into your One Word.
3. Do a word study.
Look in your concordance, or go to Bible Gateway and put your word, or a version of your word in the search box. Choose different Bible translations. Study your word in context and take notes in a journal as to what insights you gain. If there’s a particular verse that strikes you, check out Scripture Typer as a great way to memorize it!
4. Use visuals. Post them where you’ll see them regularly.
I ordered this from Lindsay Letters and will put it in a frame in my kitchen.
I needed a new iPhone case so I designed this with Shutterfly.
Those are just a few of my ideas. What about you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Are you choosing One Word? What is it? What is going to help you make it meaningful?
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