One Word: Steady

The last year or so of my life has been a crash course in dealing with change. Unfortunately, dealing with change, as it turns out, is not my spiritual gift.

Change has a tendency to stir up a lot of anxiety in me. Change tends to beg a lot of questions that usually go unanswered. Perhaps most significantly though, change tends to come around when I least expect it. I always feel a little caught off guard and unprepared. On the rare occasions when I feel as though I am ready for a change in some area of my life, it rarely plays out the way I think it should.

And the result– a paralyzing level of fear that creates insecurity, instability and imbalance. A trifecta of mental, emotional, and spiritual disruption and distraction. A perfect storm of the soul.

So in thinking of what word would make for the best focal point of this new year, I asked myself, “What is the opposite of change.”

To be steady.

Webster defines steady as “direct or sure in movement; firm in position; keeping upright; showing little variation or fluctuation; not easily upset or disturbed; constant in feeling, principle, purpose, and attachment.”

This year, I need the Lord to show me what it means, what it looks like, and how it feels to be steady.

I realize that it may in fact be the kiss of death. Kind of like praying for patience. It always backfires.

But the fear of dreading change is exhausting. It renders me no good for anyone or anything else and is completely unproductive.

What about you? What one word do you want to be the focus on this new year?

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6 responses to “One Word: Steady”

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Meredith,
    I found your blog though the One Word 365 community page. I hope to pick my word by the end of the week. I love your blog, the tagline is the best. I hope you find a deeper meaning to being steady in the coming year.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for stopping by Sarah! I hope that you’ll share your word with me when you figure out what it will be. Excited to share this journey with you!

  2. SarahK says:

    One word: Invest. I want this year to be about genuinely investing in the people around me. Sometimes (ok, most of the time) I look at the inconvenience it is to invest in people. “oh man, this is going to take time… energy… I’m too tired… busy… overwhelmed…” This year I would like to invest. Because Jesus did that all the time-so it seems like a good idea 🙂

    • admin says:

      Sarah, I LOVE love your word! I hope you get to see and experience, first hand, how the time and energy you invest in the people God has placed around you will bear much fruit.

  3. I think that steady will be perfect for you, Meredith! Good choice. 🙂 May the Lord grant you stability in His peace and joy right where you’re at. 🙂 Great post.

    Sarah, invest is also a great word. Good call on that.

    I think that if I had to roll my request into one word, it would be “character,” because I’ll be asking God to show me His character this year. Totally stoked for that. 🙂 Happy 2013!

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