I read a blog yesterday in which the author discussed his One Word choices for the past three years and how he chose his One Word for this year. While he remembered clearly his Words for 2008 and 2009, he was unable to recall his One Word for 2010 and had to look it up. Interestingly, the word he forgot was Enjoy. Enjoy seems like a pretty easy word to focus on for a year, and I was first amused that he had forgotten it. Clearly, he was not successful in Enjoying life fully last year.
I was less amused as I read his explanation that he failed to live up to his word because he is more of a Martha than a Mary. That observation hit close to home. I am definitely more of a Martha. For those of you who don’t understand the reference, this Martha was a friend of Jesus and sister to Lazarus and Mary. When Jesus came to visit, Martha rushed around cooking and serving while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet feasting on his words. When Martha complained to Jesus that her sister wasn’t helping her, he replied that, “Mary has chosen what is better.” (Luke 10:42)
For those of us who are doers, sitting at the feet of Jesus does not come naturally. It is easier for us to volunteer to teach Sunday school or spend a day helping with an event than it is to spend an hour in quiet reflection in God’s Word. We get so busy doing that, like the author of yesterday’s One Word blog, we forget to enjoy our time with God. We may also have a hard time fully enjoying our families, our friends, our hobbies, and our work.
The dictionary defines Enjoy as “to take pleasure in; to find or experience pleasure.” Delight is Enjoy compounded: “a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; to give great pleasure; to take great pleasure in.”
When I chose Delight as my One Word for the year, I was focused on Delighting in God and recognizing that He Delights in me. I will now add another focus—remembering to take Delight in my everyday life. I will try this year to Delight in time spent in God’s word, to Delight in time spent with my family and friends, and to Delight in those I minister to or who minister to me. I will try to relax more and be fully present in each moment. I will try to avoid thinking about everything on my to-do list and what I could be accomplishing when I should be focused on those I am spending time with.
Several years ago I read Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. This insightful book speaks about having a balance between doing goods works and spending time communing with God. Both are important if I am going to be the woman God has designed me to be. Every couple of year I reread Having a Mary Heart to help me keep my focus. It may be time to read it again.
Have you chosen One Word to focus on in 2011? How is your One Word helping you to achieve personal growth?