January 14, 2011
Having painted a picture of the person you want to be at the end of 2011, your natural tendency will be to haphazardly hang the still-wet canvas on the wall and start along the path of transformation. Yet, this reaction will have you running in a thousand different directions because numerous godly characteristics make up the person you desire to become. By attempting to instill each virtue all at once, the likelihood is youll quickly burnout and be frustrated when all of them do not take root.
Instead of letting the wet paint run and blur your vision for change, you must take the time to narrow your focus. When you invest time and energy into developing a certain aspect of yourself, it will positively effect and spill over to other areas of your character. To help refine your search, examine a few scriptures that speak of virtues that have the potential to become your One Word.
- Read the scripture passages found above. What are some words found in these passages that resonate with you? Why do you seem to be drawn to these words?
- Write down the words that, to this point, have stuck with you. Keep these words in highly visible places (bathroom mirror, bible, car dashboard, refrigerator, workspace, etc.) so you will be able to wrestle with them throughout the upcoming days.
FOR THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY PICKED THEIR WORD FOR 2011
Your one word provides a lens not only to see your life and what God wants to do through you, but it also allows you to view and respond to your circumstances differently. Rather than just responding to life, you are proactively looking for ways to put your word into action. Keeping your eyes focused on God is the key to being formed into His image, because what you see determines the direction you go.
- In what ways are you going to use your word as a lens through which you will view life, God and your circumstances?
So far, weve talked about your hopes as well as the fears you have regarding change. Today we want to confront the tension you will experience as you begin your pursuit of your One Word. Wed love to hear your response to the following question: In what places are you already feeling tension and resistance to your One Word?