Looking Ahead to 2018: Resolutions or One Word?
As we begin the New Year, our thoughts go to resolutions. We look back on 2017 and think: “I want to do better at __________.” Looking ahead to 2018 might look like this:
Exercise 4 times a week.
Eat less sugar
Lose 15 pounds.
Spend more time with God.
Read the Bible through.
You can fill in your own blanks ____________________.
And, we thought our Christmas list was long, ha!
Resolutions are fine, but we often don’t stick with them. Why is that?
For the last several years, instead of resolutions, I have chosen ONE WORD to focus on for the year. Something that I believe God wants me to work on, that will be an all-encompassing effort.
In past years I have chosen words like:
I like being able to focus on one word and watch how God arranges my growth in that area. My one word helps me to pause and ponder more. It seems more purposeful than keeping resolutions.
My Word for the New Year
I am not sure what my word for this coming year will be yet. I don’t want to rush my choosing or be influenced by others. In the coming days, I will watch and listen to what God is saying through His word and other sources to see what bubbles to the surface.
Have you chosen a word?
Please share how you decide on your word in the comments below. Do you use resources? Questions? I’d love to hear how your word helped you focus on what God was doing in and through you.
One resource I noticed from DaySpring might be fun to try. It uses 7 questions to help you choose your one word. I tried it and got: BRAVE. I will see how that comes together in the coming days.
Take DaySpring’s #LiveYourFaith Quiz to find your 2018 Word of Truth – one word that will help you focus on what God is calling you to accomplish in the year ahead.
Or Are You Better at Resolutions?
Wishing you a wonderful 2018,