I’ve been reading and listening to boat loads of advice in the past two weeks on resolutions, goals, and all things to make the 2013 me stronger, more successful, and more godly (all with a flatter tummy of course).
You too? Feeling a little overwhelmed?
Some advocate shorter term goals and then evaluation and refinement, instead of setting big year-long goals. I like that.
Others suggest making a “stop” list. Yeah, I like that too.
And others admonish us to start and end our goal-setting with prayer. Yep. Good word.
But the newish “in” thing seems to be choosing ONE WORD for the year.
Trashing a list of resolutions and instead focusing on one word, one word to live into with God for the year.
So… I’ve decided I’m game. I’ve been praying about this and really trying to listen to God. Oh the pressure!!!
The temptation may be to think it’s magic or it will change your life if you find “the” one, but I doubt it. Nevertheless, I want to listen well.
Years ago when our family was traveling around the world for two months on a sabbatical, every night at dinner we each shared our “word of the day”. We each tried to choose one word that had summed up the day for us. We had everything from “sparkly” to “never-ending”.
The idea was to look for themes. And that has been helpful in this process too. As l look back over the past few years I think perhaps some of my words of the year would be “loss”, “waiting”, “stillness”, “small”. The loss of job, titles, community, place, and a time of waiting on God for His new directions. None of them easy words for an “activator/achiever”. But good words, nevertheless, because they have forced me to lean into my true identity as a beloved child of God. No matter what is or what is not accomplished in my life. He has become More. Because He is stronger in me I am stronger and I like that. (That was really hard to write).
But that’s looking back and adding a word label. What word would God have me (or you) live into in 2013?
The problem is I’m a little late to the party. Apparently One Word has been around for a few years. There’s a part of me that wants to be super creative, totally original. Edgy, even. And choose a word NO ONE has ever chosen in the history of the world. And that’s complicated by the desire to let God do the choosing and not me.
I’ve prayed and journaled and reflected and thrown out word after word. I walked around the lake with God yesterday mumbling.
But here’s the conclusion I’ve come to. The word God has led me to is “Fearless”. I’ve resisted it both because it seems a little recycled, and a little…scary (like where the heck might this word lead me???!). It may have been used before, but I trust it will be unique in my individual story (and yours if that’s the word God leads you to).
Here’s what I think of. Fearless = Brave, secure, steadfast, gently truth-speaking, warmly assertive, non-affirmation addictive, go-wherever with Jesus.
It’s aspirational and inspirational, not descriptive (although it’s the path I think God has been leading me down with slow, awkward steps).
The fact that I’ve chosen “Fearless” isn’t going to change my life, unless I let it. Unless I choose it daily. Root it in Jesus, not in Me. Let Him truly grow it in me. Unless I say “yes” to Him even with my voice trembling. His strength perfected in my weakness.
At the end of the year, I wonder, will this word that I’ve chosen with God in January be the word of the year I’ll recognize in me next December?
Want to join me in this? What one word are you choosing for 2013? Share!
Many thanks to Melanie at http://www.onlyabreath.com for creating the Fearless button!