Connecting. Something I hope to be a little better at with you throughout 2019! I chose the word connecting as my one word for 2019. If you are not familiar with the one word concept I will share some background and the three steps to choosing one word. I would also like to share with you why connecting has become my one word for this new year.
The one word idea is built on personal transformation by focusing on one word throughout the year. “My One Word” is a book written by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen. I initially learned about choosing one word through a Facebook friend. Then I started seeing more people I follow on twitter talking about choosing one word. My curiosity grew as I saw more people I respect utilizing this method of self-improvement. As I explored the meaning behind choosing one word I wanted to share with you what I have learned so you, too, have the opportunity to use this interesting technique.
There is a process to picking one word and it starts with thinking about a word that “represents what you most hope God will do in you and focus on it for an entire year.”
Step 1: Think about what kind of person you want to be at the end of this year in a virtue building sort of way. This is not as much about fitness and health as it is about growing in holiness.
Step 2: When you have an idea of what type of person you’d like to be then identify the characteristics needed to be that person.
Step 3: You might have a long list of characteristics but it’s important to commit to one word.
I chose connecting for my one word because it kept jumping out at me in books I was reading, conversations I was having and relationships I am working to strengthen. I’ve been thinking about the importance connecting is when building community life, listening to my husband, communicating in a way that transcends language and lifting people up.
As I go through each day my hope is to be aware of how I can grow in connecting with others. This is not meant to be an easy exercise but rather an opportunity to go out of my comfort zone, to soften my heart all the more to hear the voice of God.
Please stay connected with me as we journey together through 2019. I would love to hear about your one word for 2019 as well as any experiences, challenges or insights you’d like to share.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” John 13:34