As the new year approaches, we usually start thinking about making goals or resolutions for the new year. We think about what we didn’t accomplish this year, that we hope to in the new year. We have fresh hope and are excited as we think about a new start. However we are still going about it the same old way.
We are writing down those resolutions (again!), maybe with the wording changed a little bit, or calling them new goals. Often we aren’t realistic and the goals are too overwhelming to really stick with and follow through on. As a result, we start off with excitement then we gradually forget about those goals……til the end of the year comes again. I know I have been guilty of this year after year.
This year I am going to try something new that I have read about on a few blogs. It’s the idea of choosing just ONE WORD for the year. The challenge is simple: rather than make a long list of changes you want to make this year pick 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.
I have been thinking about this a lot the past month or so, and asking God to show me HIS desires for me. The word that He keeps bringing to mind is INTENTIONAL.
Intentional: done in a way that is planned or intended; done on purpose; deliberate
My life has gotten so busy, that I tend to go from one thing to another, often getting distracted from my original purpose. I feel like I am always busy, but yet not accomplishing the things that MATTER.
I don’t want to just rush through my days in a preoccupied daze, hurrying and rushing from one thing to another. I want to make deliberate, intentional choices. I want to make the days count, and accomplish what I feel God wants me to. To that that requires making intentional choices each day, based on His leading. The verse I am claiming to go along with my ONE WORD for the year is Proverbs 16:3:
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Will you join me in choosing a word for the year? I would LOVE to hear what your word for the year is, so PLEASE share in the comments!
To help me to be purposeful as the new year starts, I am starting a 31 Day Intentional Living Challenge, and would love to have you join me! I’m excited about taking some baby steps to keep me living intentionally and getting back on track daily!