Each year for the past seven years or so I have picked one word to focus on for an entire year. The My One Word challenge is simple: lose the long the list of changes you want to make this year and instead pick one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you in the year ahead. This process forces clarity and results in focus.
Some years I’ve been better than others about sticking to the challenge. This year I am praying that I have my strongest year to date. I have gotten started by finally deciding on my specific one word today, only a little over a month late, but who is counting. And my one word for 2017 is… ONE.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
- Take one step at a time.
- Invest in my wife (I have just one).
- Invest in my son, Noah (I have just one).
- Stop worrying about tomorrow and instead focus on today (one).
- Focus on one chapter in scripture at a time.
- Take one step at a time on the treadmill.
- Eat one healthy meal at a time.
I can go on for quite awhile, but using the word ONE this year is to focus on the next right step and focus on being in the here and now.
Today for example I felt in tune with the word and God. I set my alarm for 6:00am and laid out my clothes, got my coffee mug and Bible ready at the table the night before. Then before I fell asleep I kept telling myself that my next one thing to do is to turn the shower on once I hear my alarm. I didn’t have to think about all that happens after that. I did not worry if Noah would wake up and end my reading time early. I did not have to think about making him breakfast or getting to my meeting at 10:00am. I just had to get my feet touching the floor and go turn the shower on. Once I got there I could continue to the next step, but before I did that I enjoyed my shower and time of prayer.
I encourage you to check out myoneword.org and even pick up the book. It’s never to late to start the process.