Sunday, January 2, 2011

One Word for 2011

I started hearing about this a few years ago.  A local minister asked his congregation to consider coming up with a word to inspire them for the coming year instead of resolutions.  It's a phenomenon that has happened all over the place and in my online world I have seen it in various places.  My father and I started talking about what word we would use for 2011.  I was very curious to hear what his word was going to be.  He is four weeks into a recovery process that is guaranteed to last at least 4-8 weeks longer.  When I arrived at the Rehab Hospital yesterday, he told me he had settled on a word.  Dad's word for the year is "Faith."  Do I even have to say that I cried?
I have been wrestling with words and ideas, trying to figure out what my one word would be.  It hit me like a bolt of lightning. 
Challenge
I need to remember that I have what I need to meet any challenge that comes my way.  Doesn't mean they will be easy, doesn't mean they will be resolved in a way that I will like, but I can meet them.  The other half of that word is that I need to challenge myself.  I find comfort in routine and the familiar, but I consistently feel like I am being called to step out of what I know.  I need to challenge myself more. I'm not sure what that's going to look like, but you can be certain I will let you know. 
And what about you? Do you have a word or resolutions you have made for 2011?

5 comments:

The Plus Side! said...

Gotta love Pop Pop! And his faithful daughter!

Right off the top of my head.....and since I cannot steal either of your words...I think endeavor will be my word...in any of its forms...more to follow!

Malia @ One2One Network said...

That's a great word. I've joined a photo project that focuses on one word for an entire year. I've not chosen mine yet but the one that seems to be choosing me and keeps popping into my head is, "Courage".

Amy @amymchodges said...

Thanks Cheri and Malia! And Malia, I definitely think the word can choose you, that's the only way I ended up with "Challenge!"

Real Life Sarah said...

Amy, you are such a string woman (with Jesus holding you up), and I know you can stand strong in the face of any challenge!!

I think my word is "Sacrifice." I've had to lay a few things down this year that I really enjoyed, and take on new responsibilities, but when I know that it's the Lord, calling me to do it, I have the strength. It's definitely a "challenge" though. Can't wait to see you again, love.

Cris said...

Hmmm... I think my word (if you'll allow me two) is "Own It".

On another note, thanks so much for your kind words. The environment you ladies created was such a blessing to me.