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What's Your Word for 2013?


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We love the start of the New Year! Some of us will look back on 2012 and be glad it's over. Some will wish for a do-over; still others don't want to see it end. But whether you're anxious to shut the door on 2012 or just ready for a fresh start, the New Year is on us! It's time to take a look back, count our blessings, identify things we want to change, and hit the reset button! Thankfully, the possibilities and potential are energizing.

Every year, 87 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions. We begin with the best of intentions and crank out our list of things to do this year—lose weight, improve our marriage, read a book each month, get out of debt, grow spiritually, achieve a goal, and on and on.

Unfortunately, good intentions often meet reality and most of us experience the same frustrating results—false starts and failure. Statistics say half of those who make resolutions fail or quit within just 30 days!

We believe the biggest barrier to life-change is a lack of focus. We try to do too much, get overwhelmed and give up. Busyness leaves no time for mission or meaning and makes us stop focusing on the things we care about.

Back in 1999, we discovered a solution to failed resolutions. We traded in our long lists for the power and simplicity of One Word. By developing a One Word theme for the year, we discovered a secret to life change: Less is best. The simplicity of focusing on One Word for the year brings clarity, power and passion.

“...I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race..." 
– Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

Paul understood the power of focus. In Philippians 3, he pioneered the idea of focusing on one thing, putting his past behind him and pressing on with focus. Narrowing the focus allows us to keep our eyes on the prize, finish the race and receive the reward.

So, as we begin the New Year, let’s try a new approach. 
• Let’s throw out the endless lists. 
• Let’s focus on One Word.

We believe that God has a word that is meant for you. And when you find it, live it and share it, God will bring great life-change, purpose and impact.

The One Word process has three simple steps: Look In, Look Up and Look Out.

Step 1 – Prepare Your Heart (Look In). This is where you take action to unplug from your hectic pace, noise and clutter. Finding solitude and silence can be a difficult task, but hearing from God is essential. There are three key questions to ask God as you look in:

  1. What do I need?
  2. What’s in my way?
  3. What needs to go?

As we let God examine our heart, He will give us clarity (Psalm 139).

Step 2 – Discover Your Word (Look Up). This step helps us plug in and listen to God. Taking time for prayer—that simple conversation with God—is the place to start. Ask Him this question: “What do you want to do in me and through me this year?” That will help you discover the word meant for you. Don’t pick a good word; receive a God-word. (Proverbs 29:18)

Step 3 – Live Your Word (Look Out). Once you discover the word that is meant for you, it’s time to live it out. Your word will have impact in all six dimensions of your life—physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, relational and even financial. Keep your one word front and center. Tell your accountability partners and close friends your word for the year. Write it in your journal. Post it on your refrigerator. Talk about it with your family at the dinner table. Do whatever it takes to keep it in focus and fresh in your mind. (Colossians 3:23)

So WisdomWalkers, if you want a new you in the New Year, get One Word. God will use that word to bring simplicity, focus and change. You’ll be amazed at how One Word can change your life.

What's your word for 2013?

Take Action:

  1. Take a look at the following list of possible words to prime the pump.
    • Margin, Balance, Fun, Give, Pure, Heal, Humility, Purpose, Trust, Courage, Risk, Love, Pray, Ask, Discipline, Forgive, Commit, Fit
  2. Ask yourself this question - What does God want to do in me and through me this year?
  3. Ask God for your word.


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