Article Library of Christian Thoughts · December 11, 2018
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One Word for 2015
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Instead of a long list of resolutions, choose one word as your yearly focus for personal change, growth and clarity.

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Every January we examine our lives and our imperfections and then choose a resolution for personal change. However, often this list is altogether forgotten in a few weeks.

A few years ago I came across an idea from a church in North Carolina. The pastor encouraged the people to choose just one word as their yearly focus for personal change and growth.

The idea really resonated with me, and I've done this for a few years now. Here are some of my one-words I've selected, with corresponding Scriptures:

Maranatha. “Surely I am coming quickly. Amen. Even so come Lord Jesus." (Rev. 22:20)

  • I wanted to daily become more aware of Christ's return.

Flourish. “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree....They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright.” (Ps. 92:12,14,15)

  • Feeling stagnant in some areas of my life, I wanted to cultivate a life that would be transformed into beauty and well-being in all areas.

Faithful. “Moreoever it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” (I Cor. 4:2)

  • My name, Frances, means faithful, and I wanted to grow in this trait during that year. I desired to become a better steward of my life and to be full of faith in spite of circumstances.

Gratitude. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thess. 5:18)

  • I determined to give thanks and praise by focusing on God's character and not on people or circumstances.

Strong. “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (Eph. 6:10) and “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:10)

  • My word for this year.

How to choose your one-word

First, determine the kind of person you want to become. Ask:

  • How do I want to grow this year?
  • What is the condition of my heart?
  • Who is the person God has created me to be?

Second, choose your one-word and a Scripture that applies.

Some examples of one-words you could use include:

  • Restore
  • Strength
  • Fearless
  • Balance
  • Joy
  • Patience
  • Consistent
  • Simplify
  • Trust
  • Focus
  • Grateful
  • Persevere
  • Hope
  • Believe
  • Peace
  • Brave
  • Love
  • Intentional
  • Determined
  • Contentment

Making your one-word a habit

It's important to remember and apply the one-word. It would've been easy for me to forget the one-word as the year progressed, unless I formed a habit early on to remember it. I decided to write the word and Scripture on a card and put the card in a visible place for daily review, especially the first thirty days.

May your year be focused and blessed as you view it through the lens of your one-word!

Are you interested in choosing your one-word and Scripture for this year? If so, can you share it with us?

Fran Dwelle is the Founder and Executive Director of JOY International. Prior to moving to Bismarck in 1997, she and her husband were missionaries in eastern Europe where she founded JOY International in Vienna, Austria. Fran enjoys helping women fulfill their purpose and discover their gifts and strengths. In her spare time she enjoys playing piano, reading, cooking Italian, walking, or having coffee with a friend. Read more posts by Fran.


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