ONE Word Resolutions

Each January 1 we make New Years Resolutions…but by February 1 we’re doing good to even remember what we resolved to change, lose, accomplish, or cut out!  Here’s an easy way that my wife has influenced me in making Resolutions doable, simple, & most of all successful.

Just commit to ONE NEW WORD for the year!

Katie’s new word is SIMPLICITY.  She’s already started with helping me to clean the garage.  We sold the Air Hockey table for $25 (it was a free gift a few years back) to make room to finally park her car “in” the garage.  She has told me she plans on simplifying the number of adopting families she follows through Google Reader  to make more time for reading & meditating on Scripture.  Finally she is simplifying her closet & our house even more.  We took another load to Thrift Smart just this last week!

My new word for the year is a tough one.  I hesitate to even put it out there because I’m already anxious when I think about sticking with it for 356 days.  But I need the accountability, so here goes…PRAYER.  I want to concentrate on “doing” less & “praying” more in 2011.  Well not really, but I know I need to do this.  My natural tendency is to work, work, work & to make it happen.  Let me introduce myself, I’m Mr. Responsibility, which means I can’t just let stuff go.  But sometimes I need to.  Sometimes I need to be less critical of others & most of all myself.

So I’m committing to spend the year PRAYING that God will direct me.  Serving others by committing to PRAY for them.  And PRAYING that God will do far more through the power of PRAYER and the work of the Holy Spirit, than I can do on my own.  It’s not going to be easy because it’s not a natural tendency for me.  But I know it’s going to be exciting, challenging, maybe frustrating at times, but most of all fruitful.

Finally the boys (all 3 of them) have a One Word Resolution as well.  No they didn’t pick it, and I’m sure they’re not that happy about it just yet, but it is going to be a good one for all of us…RESPECT.  Katie kicked it off for them today at lunch by writing out Ephesians 4:32, placing it in a picture frame on our Kitchen Table, and encouraging all of us to memorize a verse a week.  It goes like this, “Be KIND to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (ESV).

Stay tuned later this week.  I’m going to be writing about LIFE CORE VALUES.  I think you’ll be encouraged to see how you can find synergy & life long growth as a result of committing to LIFE CORE VALUS.  Stay tuned!

8 Responses to “ONE Word Resolutions”

  1. John Felkins January 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    Great post. I think I like Katies word better than yours… It’s less daunting! Please write more, you do good work.

  2. Jeremy Vanatta January 3, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    May God bless you in your godly endeavors. Great blogging!

  3. Mrs. McGoo January 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    Simplicity – that one word encompasses so much!
    Great stuff.

  4. Wayne & Sara January 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    You & Katie inspire us.


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