Now that January is over and most people have already failed at their New Year’s Resolutions, I have a new idea for you.  I found this website via K-Love that tallks about choosing one word to pinpoint one area that you would like to grow in this year.  I have been trying to choose one word for 2 weeks now.  There are just so many things I could choose.  Read the following instructions from www.myoneword.org so you can understand the process and then I will tell you MY One Word!

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(Excerpt from www.MyOneWord.org)       If you’re like most people, each January goes something like this: You choose a problematic behavior that has plagued you for years and vow to reverse it. In fact, you can probably think of two or three undesirable habits—make that four or five. Thus begins the litany of imperfections to be perfected, commonly known as New Year’s Resolutions. All of which are typically off your radar by February.   the un-resolution    Our resolutions seldom work because they focus on the type of person we want to become rather than who God wants us to be. Many people do not see God at work in their lives simply because they don’t know what to look for. So, what if our hopes for the year centered on who God wanted us to become instead? It’s okay to want to be a better you—and the New Year is a natural time to start. The question is, how? My One Word replaces broken promises with a vision for real change. When you choose a single word, you have a single focus. You are moving toward the future rather than swearing off the past. With My One Word, you’re right where God wants you: in His hands. And it’s not an extreme makeover we’re talking about. This year, the goal is to see His work in one area of your life.     a simple process    So how do you go about picking a word? We’ve listed out a few steps to help you get started!    step 1: DETERMINE THE KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT TO BECOME   The first step is to simply take some time and decide what kind of person you want to be at the end of this year. This goes beyond simply being healthier and wealthier, but it must drive deep into your soul. What about the condition of your heart? What about the person that God Himself has created you to be?   step 2: IDENTIFY THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THAT PERSON   Get a picture of that person and then simply identify their major characteristics. Is that person gentle? Is that person generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become?   step 3: SIMPLY PICK A WORD   Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things that you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD. This will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as a way to determine whether or not change is actually happening. Understand that this process is hard, but staying focused on your word will help you to struggle in the right direction so that you can actually see God working in your life.

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Okay, now that you see the process, I will reveal my one word for 2010!    PURPOSE

Purpose is both a noun and a verb.  I want to fulfill my God-given purpose and I purpose in my heart to hear the voice of God and be obedient.  Purpose is such a positive word!  You have purpose!  It gives your life meaning.  If I have a purpose then I certainly want to fulfill it!  What does it mean when you do something on purpose?  It means you were aiming to acccomplish a given thing, right?  Well, this year I am aiming to accomplish many things!  I purpose to do those things God has spoken to me!  I purpose to accomplish my goals this year.  I am going to live on purpose!  I am determined to “Be”!  Two weeks ago I challenged a group of people to put their “be” on.  (see earlier post : Sometimes, you just gotta “Be”).  I challenge myself to “Be filled with the Spirit”, everyday!  In fact, I purpose to “Be filled with the Spirit” everyday!!  I could go on and on about why I chose the word “purpose” but for now I will leave you with this question.          What is your One Word for 2010?         Leave me a comment and let me know!

We will discuss the process throughout the year so let me hear from you occasionally!  Let me know how you are living out your One Word!

Visit www.myoneword.org for more instructions on choosing your word.

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