Have you decided on One Word for 2021? Or do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Or neither?
I haven’t made a list of resolutions the past few years, but I have chosen One Word since 2010.
As much as I’ve been fighting it for 2021, God keeps sending me “Uncertainty” again and again. So I’m feeling more certain about it now (ironically). I’ll write more about it in the next few days.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve chosen a word, and how certain you are of it.
If you want help in choosing a word, below are three suggestions I’ve shared in the past.
If you want to join our One Word 2021 group to help each other stay accountable, sign up here to get a monthly email reminder and questions to engage with your word. We’ll meet here every 21st of the month and in our Facebook group.
3 Steps to Choose One Word
Get ready for another lap around the globe.
Using the acronym LAP, here are 3 steps to help you decide on One Word for 2021.
Pay attention. God is already at work with the word in you, doing new things, preparing you for new things.
Are you hearing repetitive messages on a specific theme? Does a particular song touch you deeply? Have you been drawn to a certain book or scripture?
God can work through any of these avenues. Listen for his message. Stay present to his wisdom. It’s not something you sweat over, but something you notice and receive.
Accept what comes without having to understand it fully. God will reveal more when the time is right.
One word is simple, yet flexible in the directions God can move it through you.
Narrow your focus. It’s better to give your full attention to one main word or concept than be distracted by a hundred little resolutions.
Be most attentive to one thing at a time. This thing. At this time. With this person.
Your One Word choice doesn’t have to be profound or complex. Keep it simple and relevant to this season of your life.
It’s a step, not the complete journey.
When you welcome whatever comes in this day—accepting it as your reality for now—you are present to the love of God. Once you accept this moment, he’ll guide you into what to do next.
Think of a few concrete things you can DO to help you live out your One Word. Are there ways you can practice it?
Come up with a few ideas for how to use your word.
Yet at the same time, also release expectations of where your One Word will take you. Let go of a specific outcome you may have in mind. God works through us along the journey.
Plan for the future, but hold your plans loosely.
We can’t predict how God will use our words. Just know this: God will honor your intentions to honor him through it. Trust that his grace will be enough.
Pray about receiving your word from God, then hand it right back to him.
Let him embed it into your life one relationship at a time, one day at a time, one situation at a time.
God alone knows what is ahead. And he knows how to lead us through it.
Do you make yearly resolutions? What’s your One Word for 2021? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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