2013: A Year of…

Every New Year’s Eve, I carve out some time to reflect and journal.  I love reminiscing about the year, processing pain, admitting failure, and making plans and prayers for the year to come.  Each year these moments have been more about reflection that prescription; but not this year. 

For several months, I have been thinking and praying about 2013.   A friend of mine started this initiative called One Word 365 .  It’s this movement that says, instead of waiting for the year to happen to you, take initiative, and decide what this year is going to contain.  It’s the idea that we can choose the lens through which we experience the year. One Word 365 asks:

What do you want to focus on in 2013?

Who do you want to be by the end of the year?

I heard about One Word early into 2012, but not enjoying starting late into games, I determined that I would wait until 2013.  For a few months, I’ve been batting around word ideas, but one word keeps coming back to me.

It’s a word that I keep seeing in books and hearing in sermons.  It’s an idea I love and it’s an idea I hate.  It’s a concept that I struggle with daily, and it’s a concept that I embrace daily.  And over the last few months, it has become apparent in so many ways that it’s an area in my life that God is growing me.

My word for 2013 is generosity.

I want to be open handed with my resources, my home, my relationships, and my time.  Well, in theory I do… When it fits in my budget and my ideas, and my timetable.  I love to be generous when it’s my idea.  It’s fun to be generous when it feels good.

I want to be open-handed with my resources, my home, my relationships, and my time; no clauses no conditions.  I want to stop calling them “my” resources, home, relationships, and time because I really understand that they aren’t mine anyway, that they are a gift.  I want for this year to be about freedom from selfishness, and joy in giving.

And so, I am declaring 2o13 a year of generosity.

What will your one word be?  Link up and let’s talk about it all year!

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11 thoughts on “2013: A Year of…

  1. This is beautiful: “I want to be open-handed with my resources, my home, my relationships, and my time, no clauses no conditions. I want to stop calling them “my” resources, home, relationships, and time because I really understand that they aren’t mine anyway, that they are a gift.” I can’t wait to read the ways you find to live this out.

  2. oh wow. i love this. and the funny thing is that i have always thought of you as generous. extremely so. looking forward to seeing what this journey of intentional generosity is like for you — expanding your heart even more. (makes me think of the grinch — “his heart grew three sizes that day…” not that i’m saying you’re grinchy!)

    1. Thanks Alece for your kind words and even a nickname. I’ve been terrified to choose this word because I have a feeling 2013 will be stretching. But I’m excited. Thanks for forming this community that can hold us accountable and journey with us!

  3. I love your word. If we all used that word in our daily lives the world which be a much better place.

    Epiphany is my word for 2013. I am excited to see God revealed in new ways in the coming year.

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