For the past week or so I’ve seen the idea of throwing New Year’s resolutions out and instead focusing on a word or an attribute instead. At first I thought this was kind of corny, but the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve warmed up to the idea. Resolutions are good but as in most instances rarely kept. I love lists, so the longer the resolution list, the better. The problem is, by the end of January I haven’t established that exercise routine, the cleaning schedule is still not happening, and the Bible/book study has petered out. Then ensues discouragement and a cycle of resolve and failure – not a pretty picture.
So as I was mulling this over, I came upon oneword365.com. It’s a real site dedicated to people finding their word, sharing it with others, and encouraging them in their resolve, whatever their word may be. This actually seems doable. Rather than having a list of things to change right off, which inevitably doesn’t happen, I can look at life through the lens of my word. Because sometimes I feel as if life is happening to me instead of me happening to it. Now there are times when life brings the unexpected, but 9 times out of 10, I know what’s coming but am not very intentional about it. So there it is, my word – Intentional. This is the lens that this next year will be seen through. The care of my husband, children, home, our little homeschool, my writing, computer time, and especially my walk with the Lord, will all bear the word Intentional. By God’s grace I will no longer be flying by the seat of my pants, but will be Intentional with my time, my life.
By God’s grace,
I’m no longer going to let life happen to me – I’m going to happen to it.
What’s your one word for the year? How are you planning on being Intentional?