Yesterday I shared just how much my One Word for 2013 impacted my life, and that I was excited to choose my word for 2014–knowing just what a big change it might make!
There wasn’t much of a question though, really. There has been a word that’s been pressing itself into my heart and my mind for several months now, and fully formed once I remembered the One Word for the year. I did pray about it, but it was perfectly clear to me which word would be my guiding beacon throughout 2014, and after the year I had of Grow, it really makes perfect sense!
My word for 2014 is….
Bless – to provide (a person, place, etc.) with something good or desirable
Bless. It might seem strange, at first, until you start to think about it. This year I only want to choose, do, say, think, or participate in things that will bless. Things that will bless God, bless my family, bless others, bless me.
Although it might sound a little strange, I’ve decided this year to pass everything through the “filter of bless”. Before you get weirded out on me, hear me out. Before I choose to say, do, or participate in anything I will consciously stop and ask myself, “Will this bless? Will this thing I’m about to say bless the person it’s being said to? What about the person it’s about? Am I doing it to build myself up in pride, or is it truly something that is good and desirable?”
Before I choose to fritter away time online when I need to be working I will remind myself that it is more of a blessing to focus my time and save “pointless stuff” for the chunks of time when I can actually enjoy and be blessed by it, rather than when it chips away my day and guilt me.
Before I choose to say yes to another job, or activity, or thing I will stop and consider if it will be be a good and desirable for me and my family, or if it will cause added stress and clutter in our lives and schedules.
I know that the Bible is full of verse about Bless and blessings, and I can’t wait to do a word study on bless throughout this year, to really dig into what God has for me and this word in 2014.
Have One Word that you’d like to share? I’m linking up with the Compassion Bloggers who are also sharing their one word for 2014 and I’d love to see yours as well!