I’ve lost track of when I started it. Choosing a one word focus to guide my life in a positive direction throughout the year. It began when someone recommended the book, One Word Can Change Your Life. It was a short read, and only took me about 45 minutes to devour it.
The basic concept is to replace New Year’s resolutions, most of which we don’t keep, and replace them with a single word that we focus on throughout the year. Much simpler, don’t you think?
Anyway, it works for me, and has for several years now.
In 2013 however, I stopped pursuing my One Word, and let it pursue me. In a sense. Let me explain.
In the final weeks of 2012, I began thinking about my new word focus. I picked a positive word, and I thought I was all set. But I was wrong.
A particular word kept showing up in my life. On a television program, in a movie, a book, through a radio interview, at church, you name it, this word kept rearing its incessant head. And I started getting the message.
God was speaking to me, and telling me my focus needed a reset. In all honesty though, I wasn’t sure what to make of His choice. I certainly wouldn’t have decided on Detox for my annual frame of reference. But it was good — very good!
Last year, in 2014, He gave me Favor as a reminder of His constant care for my concerns. I didn’t ask for that particular word, I would never exercise that kind of boldness with the Master of the Universe, but isn’t that God? He gave me more than I possibly imagined. It didn’t mean my year was free of turmoil and tragedy, there was plenty of both, but it did mean He showed me favor during the dark days.
For 2015, He pointed me to my One Word early. It was late November of ’14 when I started noticing how often it showed up. In songs, in conversations, again through television and movies, and He wrapped it in a Bible verse, the one listed at the end of my post. But what He was telling me was to shine — to take my light from underneath the coverings I’d placed over it, and let it shine.
I have no idea what this will look like over the ensuing weeks and months. I’ve learned not to question, my job is to simply follow. But I trust the focus He gives me, like detoxifying and believing in His favor, God knows best. He will give me more than I can possibly imagine when I let Him lead.
Just a few days ago, I remembered that as a little girl I used to sing one song more often than any other — This Little Light of Mine. As an adult, God is still teaching me, This Life was meant to shine! Take your light out from underneath anything you’ve covered it with and sing along, because in this life — you are meant to shine.
Anita Fresh Faith
Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky….
Anita Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, international speaker, and author. Her latest book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over releases April, 2015. First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market is currently available at all major bookstores.
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