Well, I’m par for the course: another two months of no posts and a week late on the One Word movement. At least I’m consistently behind the curve, right? Consider my blog posting as being closely related to a baseball game: you can go for a run, eat lunch, file your taxes, do laundry and wash the dog all without missing an entire inning.
Last January I participated in the One Word 365 movement. The gist? Forget New Year’s resolutions. Just pick a word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Last year, I chose the word “steady.” I didn’t realize then how appropriate that word would turn out to be. Between moving, The Pilot deploying for the first time, and receiving a job promotion at Compassion, remaining steady was a big challenge. So often, I failed to remember that being steady was even my aim. But God was gracious and in looking back I can see now that amidst all the change, transition, and new experiences, God did in fact hold me steady. I did nothing to make myself steady, rather God bestowed the steadiness of His love and truth on me in a real and tangible way.
This year, I’ve decided to do something a little different. My word isn’t just a word as much as it is a name.
This year, my word is simply Jesus.
As I sat thinking about words that would be good choices, I began to notice a pattern. Everything that is good, everything that is true, and everything that I could need or want to be comes from the same place: Jesus.
When I need courage and strength to face The Pilot’s deployment this fall, Jesus will freely give me the right kind of courage and the right amount of strength.
When work becomes overwhelming and my lack of patience threatens to seep through the emails that I write, Jesus provides me grace. Grace to cover me from saying what I ought not and grace to see my colleagues through His eyes.
When I struggle with loneliness because The Pilot’s schedule is complete lunacy as he travels and trains for his deployment, Jesus promises that He will “never leave or forsake me.”
When I grow weary of cleaning the house and doing laundry (because I really thought that having chores ended in high school), Jesus will say to me, “Come to me, all you who are weak and weary, and I will give you rest.”
When days are dark and my heart is filled with despair for reasons that I can simply not explain, Jesus promises me that He will be my peace.
When life is lovely and the days are easy, it is because of the grace and goodness of Jesus.
When life seems down right boring, routine, and completely lack luster, Jesus tells me to work, in all things, as if I am working for Him.
When life brings a torrential downpour of unfortunate circumstances, hard decisions, broken relationships, or personal heartache, Jesus promises me that He is a shelter; a strong tower of safety and provision.
Most importantly, when I am scared, the name of Jesus is power and life against the lies and schemes of the enemy.
Every day and in every relationship, I want Jesus at the front of my mind and the tip of my tongue.
This year, Jesus, just Jesus, will be my anthem.
What about you? What will your word be this year? Join the movement here.