We are seven days into 2022, and, if you made a New Year’s resolution, you may have already broken it or you likely will soon. Studies show that most people throw in the towel by the end of January, and 68% don’t last a full month.
My One Word is an alternative to making New Year’s Resolutions. The concept was conceived Mike Ashcraft, senior pastor of Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC, in 2010. Mike realized that resolutions are often focused on overcoming past failures–I resolve to lose weight gained or to get out of debt that I have accumulated. He recognized that a better approach is to focus on what God wants to do in your life.
Mike challenged his congregation and blog readers to pray about where God wants to lead them in the coming year. What is God speaking into your life? What does God want you to become? How does God want to use you? What does He want you to learn?
As you pray and focus on God’s will for you, you will feel God impressing a word into your spirit. This is your One Word for the coming year. Your Word will be unique to you and where God is leading you.
I chose my first One Word in 2011; it was Delight. I also chose a theme Scripture for the year that went along with my word, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 At that time, my husband had been unemployed for two years, with no end in sight. Yet, the Lord promised that if we delighted in Him, He would bless us. I meditated on Psalm 37:4, and God lifted my spirits and increased my faith. And, despite my husband’s continued lack of employment income, God provided for us to celebrate our 30th anniversary that spring with a cruise to Alaska. And, by the end of the year, my husband was back at work with the company that had laid him off nearly three years earlier. Praise the Lord!
Some of my other One Words have been Commitment, Intentional, Rest, and Stewardship. My year of focusing on stewardship lead me to write a book and start a newsletter. The book and newsletter are designed to help others become responsible stewards of the financial resources God has entrusted to them.
My One Word for 2022 is Praise. I look forward to focusing my energy on praising the Lord throughout each day. Rather than a single verse, I have selected Psalm 150 as my theme Scripture passage. I am considering choosing a new Psalm of praise for each month, or maybe every week.
I encourage you to pray about God’s desire for your focus in 2022 and to select a word that represents your focus. To learn more about the My One Word experiment, go to myoneworld.org.
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For those desiring a better understanding of Biblical principles of money management, I have written a book Honoring God with Your Money. It is available on Amazon and from Barnes and Noble.