My One Word Resolution

For the past several years, I've taken New Year's Day as a sort of retreat day, a day to be quiet and listen, to reflect on the past year and look towards the new year and all of its possibilities.  I don't really make resolutions - but I usually spend some time thinking about the victories and shifts I'd like to see the next year hold.  Looking back at my New Year's post from last year,  I am pleasantly surprised to tell you that all the things I wrote about wanting to see happen last year did.  So that's pretty fantastic.

I have all sorts of hopes and dreams for the coming year, too, but this year I want to try something a little different.  A few weeks ago I came across a website called OneWord365.  The basic idea is to pick a word - one word - that will shape your year, and then write about it throughout the year.

There are so many amazing words to choose from, but when I started praying about it a few days ago, one word came to mind almost immediately and wouldn't go away.

My OneWord365 for 2013

On the surface it seems like a really nice word - but I'll confess, I have a sneaking suspicion that this word is going to cost me something.  But it's the word I feel like He's speaking over this year, so it's the word I'm going to focus on.  I will let compassion shape me and change me and make me more like Jesus -  and probably end up with some really good (if possibly heart-breaking) stories along the way.

So here's to a year full of compassion  - and to learning all this word will teach me.

One Word 365
What's your one word for 2013?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!


Cathy_H said...

Restore. :) (And I'm excited to learn that this whole "one word" thing is a thing.)

Jennifer said...

I chose Reclaim.

Blessings as you learn about compassion this year.

Faith said...

Wow, great idea! I'll have to check them out and then I'll let you know if I choose a word and what it is. Great that you chose Compassion - it's so hard to live out when you don't feel like it. Love ya.

Happy said...

Faith, I'm curious - did you choose a word? :)

Jennifer - would LOVE to hear how God uses "reclaim" in your life this year!

and Cathy - WOOT! That's an *awesome* word. :)