When we first started attending the church we do now, it was around the time of the new year. In their service, they were talking about something they call “My One Word”. The focus of “My One Word” is to pick one word for the whole entire year and focus on that. Focus on growing in that word and things related to that word.
The word I chose the first year was “trust”. I took this word as a call to trust God in every aspect of my life. That’s a difficult thing to do, especially as a freshman in high school. Looking back on that now, I had no clue what that year would have in store and that was a perfect word to focus on for the year.
The second year I believe I chose the word “truth”. At this point, I’m not really sure why I chose this word. I also remember not really doing much with it, that would probably also have something to do with the fact that I’m not positive that that was the word I chose for this year. I believe that after the first year, I didn’t really think it had as much of an impact in my life as it truly did.
As a result of these, I didn’t choose anything the third or the fourth year I believe. As 2016 was coming on the horizon, I started to realize the impact one word could have on my life. It’s unexplainable. “My One Word” is a great way to take steps toward a better you. Though it may seem like you’re taking baby steps, they’re quite big steps. This is true because you are looking at many different aspects of one word. Take the word “trust” for example: you can learn to trust God, learn to trust others, learn what trust fully means and entails, and many other things.
Anyway, back to 2016. As 2016 was coming, I started feeling God calling me to choose a word. I started thinking, and almost right away, a word came to mind. Love. God is calling me to love people, fully and truly. He’s calling me to love Him fully and fall in deep love with Him. When I tell people this, they’re like, “Meg, you are loving.” I would say, yes, on the surface I am most of the time. On the inside, not as much. See, it is very important to be loving in your actions as well as thoughts. Pure love is just as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
I feel like I am making improvement focusing on this one word, but I can always use the same word next year. The focus of doing this is following God’s leading and improving as He wants us to. That means He could lead us to choose the same word as many years in a row as He wants us to. I have known people that choose the same word a couple years in a row, it’s all up to God.
I want to encourage you to start this in your own walk with God. It’s never too late in the year to start, now is as good as any other time. It also may take a lot of time to settle on the correct word. Sometimes it takes upwards of one month, it’s different for every person.
No matter where you are at in your Spiritual walk, God wants to grow you and use you. I have found this as a good way to grow in my walk with him.