One Word Challenge 2017
Happy New Year!! For the last couple years, I have participated in the One Word Challenge. It is basically choosing one word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live the following year. It has truly been so helpful to me that I decided to do it again this year.
My word for 2017 is Depth
Depth is a word that came to me on the plane ride home from my family vacation this summer. I had been thinking about how God had been using the Christian books I had been reading to help me grow. As I was thinking about growing deeper in my faith, the word depth came to my head and I just loved it! I love how God works because I started noticing this word in other books I was reading and in conversations. In fact, the next year in the fall, I was leading my son’s KSG class and the whole lesson was about growing deeper in God’s Word and they had the illustration of a tree that needs deep roots to really grow and bear fruit. The scientist in me loved the word picture as well as the confirmation that this was suppose to my word for 2017! Not only do I want to grow deeper in my faith but I want to continue to have deep connections with the people in my life. I want depth in my relationship with my kids, my family, my friends and other people that God places in my path. To me, Depth involves being intentional- my word from 2015 and continuing to balance my life- my word from 2016 so I have time to really grow these important relationships! So, I am excited to see where how God uses this word Depth in my life this next year!
Again my kids have decided to chose a word this year. One chose respect and one chose kindness. I am so excited to see how God works in their life!
I want to encourage all of you to do the one word challenge!! Here are some word examples from http://oneword365.com/ if you need help:
Believe, Present, Different, Dare, No, Courage, Push, Selah, Risk, Opportunity, Rebuilding, Purpose, Possibility, Be, Relax, Connect, Curious, Revel, Reduce, Choose, Empower, Finish, Simplify, Ambition, Health, Diligence, Love, Momentum, Faith, Relentless, Focus, Awake, Ignite, Change, Generous, Action, Confidence, Soar, Appreciate, Uplift, Optimism, Battle, Sacrifice, Minimize, Stewardship, Learn, Reflection, Resolve, Transition, Joy, Determined, Direction, Release, Trust, Unstoppable, Freedom, Shine, Embrace, Adapt, Truth, Adventure, Enjoy, Invest, Thrive, Perspective, Today, Slow, Imagine, Grace, Peace, Write, Silence, Together, Strength, Organize, New, Persistence, Progress, Listen, Open, Celebrate, Balance, Pause, Brave, Fortitude, Discover, More, Commit, Growth, Mindfulness, Breathe, Create, Live, Integrity, Transformation, Forward
Also, there is a book called My One Word by Mike Ashcraft- more details about that below. I actually have not read it but plan to this year.
Lastly, I want to encourage you to share your word with a friend! I know I would love to hear your word too; please email me and let me know if you do the challenge!!
More About My One Word:
The concept of My One Word is simple. Lose the long list of New Year’s resolutions—all your sweeping promises to change—and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts. As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep, sustainable level. Growth and change will result.
Author Mike Ashcraft, who has led his megachurch through this My One Word project for more than five years, and Proverbs 31 Ministries author and speaker Rachel Olsen, who has lived it, are encouraging, insightful, good-humored, yet realistic in this enjoyable read. Their stories of growth and change through My One Word will keep you motivated. Throughout the book you’ll also find words and stories of people just like you who have joined the My One Word movement and discovered the power of just one word.
“My One Word is a refreshing approach to New Year’s resolutions, replacing unrealistic goals with the desire to become a more committed disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. I commend Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen for focusing the reader’s mind on the only true Word that can change a resolution into a reality.“—Franklin Graham, President & CEO, Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association