The forgoing of New Year’s Resolutions by receiving a Word for the Year brings intention, focus, and clarity to our lives. There are no goals. No wish lists. Just one word.
Step One: Reflect
As you being 2023, what characteristics would you like to grow in this year? What direction do you sense the Lord leading you for 2023? What do your goals for different areas of your life have in common? If a single word leads to a mental block, then think of a theme that encompasses who you are in this season of your life or the direction you are headed as you transition into this next season of life. Write down all the words that come to mind in a list format, then set your list aside for a few hours or a few days.
Step Two: Review and Refine
After taking a break away from the list you brainstormed earlier, review your list and narrow it down to the top five words that ‘jump out’ at you. Write down your top five words.
As you ponder over and pray over your five words, you will begin to see that one word will stand out to you. One word will become highlighted as a type of theme for the coming year.
A Word of the Year is great for our personal life, our business, or for our family. Even kids can receive a Word for the Year. Here’s a great resource to help kids understand how to receive their one word. One Word for Kids: A Great Way to Have Your Best Year Ever, written by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page. Illustrated by Korey Scott. The authors wrote the forty-eight-page book for ages 4-9 years of age. This book makes it easy for young children to discover their very own word.
- Look In (Into Your Heart) – What one word will help you be your best?
- Look Up – Believe there is a Word for You
- Look Out and Live Your Word
The author, Jimmy Page, reads the book aloud. You can find it here:
Step Three: Receive and Implement
Once you “receive” your Word of the Year, it is time to take action.
- Find the definition for your word.
- Ask the Lord for a Scripture and for specific direction in implementing your word in the upcoming year.
- Spend time exploring your word via books, podcasts, research, etc.
Our one word serves as a guide for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing one word prepares the way for growth. Our intentional focus leads to action to discover the meaning of our word. As we grow in understanding, we gain wisdom, insight, and the ability to embrace our one word.
As you seek the Lord for your ‘One Word’ for the year, you can trust Him to guide you to it, and you can trust Him to reveal Himself to you as you journey with Him throughout the coming year.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. ~Proverbs 3:5-6
My Word of the Year for 2022 was intentional. After receiving direction from the Lord for monthly-type themes in how to implement my One Word, I found much joy in the journey with Him. You can receive the highlights of my journey here: Intentional Reflections – Strength with Dignity
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