It’s that time of year where many try to reorganize, redirect, restart and rewrite their lives. Many will make resolutions or promises, that if are anything like me, will be broken within the first week. I become frustrated, overwhelmed and give up. I’m sure if you’ve been around the web lately you’ve seen people committing to a word. Just one word. At One Word 365
Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway.
Choose just one word.
One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
One word. 365 days. A changed life.
I love it.
In years past I would think about all the things I didn’t like about myself, then make a long list of things I would plan to do to change those issues.
My list would look something like this:
1. Lose 20 lbs.
2. Read through the bible
3. Send all friends and family a birthday card
4. Clean out all closets, drawers and garage
5. Cut out all sugar, wheat, salt, white, blue and purple.
6. End all wars
7. Feed the hungry
8. Create world peace
You get the idea. All of it unattainable.
But one word. One word that encompasses what I would like my life to be like. I had several in mind…Joy, encourage, faith, live, but the one that keeps coming back is the word Simple.
(I am not sure of the artist of this pretty print, if you do will you please let me know?)
I want to live simply this year. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. So much to do, things I have to do, things I want to do and things I don’t want to do. I don’t feel like I’m giving my best to anything, thus I become disappointed in myself, frustrated, then I give up. I don’t need more lists and calendars. I need to concentrate on where I am placing priorities in my life.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.
To live simply, does not mean I’m going to go live in a tent with no electricity. But I can adopt “simple” into all areas of my life. For example, faith: instead of trying to read the bible from Genesis to Revelation in a year, (which I have tried, but for whatever reason, don’t do the study plan a day or two, then I feel like I’m so far behind that I give up), have a stack of devotionals to read daily and email notices for more devotions, but I can choose a book or person to read and study. When I finish that, I can look forward to another book or person to study. Not too long ago, I thought that if I got up at 5:00am every day, I would read and pray and journal and become Super Christian! I wrote about it here. I was fairly consistent and enjoyed the quiet of the early morning hour. Unfortunately, getting up that early every day made me terribly tired during the day. On the days when I really needed to sleep in that extra hour, I would feel guilty less of a person for not getting up. My priority is making time to be with God. He doesn’t have a time clock. He will hang out with me , no matter what time of day.
Another area of my life where “simple” can be the focus is in my health. Notice I didn’t say diet or weight loss. What if instead of looking at my health is terms of what the number is on the
stupid scale; what I can and cannot eat; how many miles I can run or the number of classes I take at the gym….What if I concentrated on keeping it simple? What if I tried better to eat the things that God created for us to eat? What if I tried to get some sort of physical activity for at least thirty minutes a day? I wonder what would happen to my weight? Simple, huh?
To live this simple life I will have to learn to say no. This will be tough for me. So please, don’t be offended if I have to turn down your invitation or request. I love you, but I just don’t have the time for another activity that will take me away from my focus this year.
To keep it simple around my house, I will need to declutter. I will need to come up with a system that will help in this area. Yup,closets and cabinets will need to be cleaned out, but I won’t have to fill them back up. My inbox will need to be purged of any extraneous emails by unsubscribing. There will be less shopping and less wasted time.
I hope that by stating my intentions to you, I will have some accountability. I hope I will be able to concentrate on a different area of my life that needs simplifying each month and write about it here. I hope that by concentrating on Keeping It Simple, Sista, I will feel freedom from the baggage I carry around, more joy and more peace.
So for the month of January, I am focusing on keeping my time with God simple. I am going to be starting with learning more about the apostle Paul, through Beth Moore’s book, Paul, 90 Days of his journey and faith. Right now on Amazon it is free! Beth Moore has several books she is offering at no cost! Take a look and take advantage of this offer!
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