My word was Fearless, which gave birth to Fearless Fridays, because even if that wasn’t your word, we all deal with Fear in various forms.
In January I also posted some thoughts from my brother, David, on this. So the other day I asked him for an update.
I’d love to hear from you too! What has your experience been with your One Word (if you identified one)? If you didn’t, looking back now, what is one word that would summarize your 2013? Post your thoughts in the comment section!
I must admit that I have not spent much time over the past year thinking about my one word. Ironically, (a nudge from the Lord?) a couple of weeks ago I stumbled through a number of Awake My Soul links and came across a response I made to your One Word Challenge back in January. Has a year REALLY gone by?
There was certainly pause for reflection. My word, WAIT, came to mind a year ago as I came to the conclusion that my 30 or so years of trying to “give God a hand” with His divine will for my life and others close to me, was not exactly working out as planned.
Okay, so this is hard, but I have to admit I am much more like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation than Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Just as Clark tries to engineer the perfect Christmas for his family, I’ve tried to engineer the perfect faith for myself and my family. Read the right book, hear the right Sunday sermon, network with the right person who will somehow have a life transforming word from the Lord. Have I come to believe that we can engineer faith? ARGHHH! as Charlie Brown would say.
So as I reflect more on my one word from January 2013, it has changed. It is no longer WAIT, but PRIDE. Little did I realize back in January, the emotional energy I would expend over the next twelve months as I dealt with personal and professional issues. Life shows up, right? Understanding how my pride played a part in a stressful year has been sobering but welcomed. “If you’re not uncomfortable you’re not growing” say the professional sages.
So one word begat another word which will hopefully give birth to another. Fighting the urge to somehow make that happen by January 1, I think I’ll let God be God and believe He will provide my 2014 word at the perfect time.