January 3, 2011
As far as I can tell, only one downside exists from going on vacation and that would be the chaos you return to when you get home. Lost in the excitement to go on your journey, little thought is often given to the current state of your house. It isnt until you open the front door a week or so later that you come face to face with the messy reality. To make matters worse, your luggage, dirty laundry and mementos you collected along the way only add to the clutter.
Maybe it is just me, but I dont do well with a house in transition. To put things in perspective, its January 3rd and my house is just now getting back to order after the Christmas vacation rush. I remember coming home to chaos all around me and not knowing where to begin. It literally halted me in my tracks. I felt paralyzed. Part of me wanted to figure out a way to live in the midst of the chaos and ignore the reality of work that stood before me.
Im pretty sure some of you are experiencing those same types of emotions in regards to picking one word to define you in 2011. The idea of narrowing your focus to one aspect of your character which needs improvement can be an intimidating venture. After all, in your mind there are numerous bad habits, character flaws and struggles that demand your attention. However, fight the urge to push the disengage button. It is better to do something about one thing than nothing about everything.
Just like tackling a messy house, you need to start somewhere. When it comes to the process of deciding what your word will be, the first step towards growth is to take inventory on the past year and see where God has moved in your life. Before moving forward, one must look backwards. Take a few moments to reflect on the following questions:
- Do you feel that in the past year you have progressed or regressed in your relationship with Christ? What shortcomings have you observed in your character over the past year?
- What emotions and baggage are you bringing into the New Year?
- If someone were to ask what God had taught you this past year, how would you answer them? If you were honest, would your response be just lip service?
FOR THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY PICKED THEIR WORD FOR 2011
We know that there will be some of you that have put the wheels in motion towards growth and have already selected your One Word. It encourages us to know that you see the benefit of this experiment and we are excited to see how God will shape you through this experience. Utilize these first few blog posts to find your pace. Each post will include an exercise or question to prepare you for the journey.
Todays exercise is a reminder to anchor your One Word with Gods word. If scripture is not the basis for our change, this experiment will be nothing more than a practice of our fragile human ability to evoke change in our lives apart from God. When times get tough and discouragement sets in, you can keep going back to the truth found in these verses for reassurance and reflection.
- If you havent done so already, take a few moments to select a few core verses that inspire and support your word.
Regardless of whether youve picked your word or not, the truth is we all have apprehensions about the road the lies ahead of us. Wed love to hear your response to the following question: What are your fears about picking a single word that defines you in 2011?