Do you have one word for the new year? Me too, but choosing one word is useless without a plan. Discover the key to achieving the transformation you desire.

Why You Need More Than A Word For The New Year

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Have you seen all the “my word” announcements over the past few weeks? “My one word for 2017 is…simple, focus, intentional, etc.”

With these words popping up all over Facebook and Instagram, I felt like I was missing out by not choosing a word myself.

Do you have one word for the new year? Me too, but choosing one word is useless without a plan. Discover the key to achieving the transformation you desire.

The idea of focusing on just one word appealed to me. Usually I set a lot of big goals for the year, only to end up frustrated with my lack of progress. Choosing one word focuses our energy and effort, and leads to more effective transformation.

After testing out a few words (“rest” didn’t fit right, and “joy” felt too obvious), I asked God, “should I even claim one word for the new year, and if so, which word?”  

After a few days, God led me to the word meek.

My heart sank a little, “Meek? Really God?” Meek sounded boring, and quite the opposite of what I pictured for the new year.

You see, I imagined drawing my word in my planner, and hanging a pretty picture on the wall as daily inspiration to do great things. But who wants “meek” hanging on their wall? What kind of motivation is “be meek”? Yet, I trusted God gave me this word for a reason, so I became determined to make it work.

After considering whether any font could possibly dress up the word meek, I recognized my misplaced focus. Staring at a word on my wall every day would be like letting my Bible sit on the shelf unread. Simply having a word (or The Word) will not change me in the way God desires.

So I wondered, “how does one develop meekness?” Or any of the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23)?

Spiritual concepts are broad and hard to define. As I sat with my “how,” I decided two things:

  • I needed a better understanding of my word.
  • I needed a plan—practical steps to take in my life.

Luckily, I already owned the perfect resource to address my needs, Grace Goals.

My blogger friend Arabah Joy created Grace Goals as a biblical approach to goal setting, and therefore, it works perfectly for spiritual growth goals.

The secret?

Use the power of grace to achieve your goals. The Bible tells us it is by grace God brings to fruition our desires for goodness (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). God’s grace teaches us to say no to our sinful nature, and strengthens our hearts (Titus 2:11-12, Hebrews 13:9).

After going through Grace Goals, I understand and love my one word. I also understand why God chose it for me and have a practical, biblically based, plan for growth. But most importantly, I discovered the key to achieving meekness, God’s grace.

As Arabah says in Grace Goals:

“Grace is the power of God. It is more than God’s forgiveness when we do wrong…it is God’s enablement to do right. Grace is what has the power to transform a person’s life.”

If you desire spiritual growth and godly transformation, the best thing you can do is recognize your need for God’s grace.

The next best thing you can do? Get Grace Goals.

If you do not know what your “one word” or goal should be, no worries; in Grace Goals, Arabah walks you through the process of discerning what God wants you to work on.

She also guides you in:

  • Developing a doable, personal plan for change
  • Learning why grace is the enablement you need
  • Recognizing and appropriating grace in your daily life

Sound like exactly what you need? Grab your copy here (it is a download so you get immediate access!).

My hope for 2017 is for us to be more than people with words hanging on our walls, dangling from our key chains, or adorned around our necks. That we will be people who choose spiritual growth, make a plan, and call on the power of grace to live the life God intended.

Do you have one word for the new year? Me too, but choosing one word is useless without a plan. Discover the key to achieving the transformation you desire.

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19 thoughts on “Why You Need More Than A Word For The New Year

  1. I love this, Kira! And you’re so right. We run the risk of ‘wearing’ our words without being truly transformed. I’m excited to jump into Grace Goals again this year and allow His grace to lead me in 2017. So glad that we’ll be doing it together.
    Wishing you blessings and grace for the journey.

    • I am glad we are doing this together too Marva! It is so encouraging know we are not alone in our pursuit of God’s plan.

  2. Amen! The Word tells us the meek shall inherit the Earth–and this is by becoming smaller, more humble, etc–we receive his grace all the more. Blessings!

    • I think meek is a word we don’t often talked about, and as such I didn’t understand what exactly God was calling me to until I dug into the biblical definition and references. Grace Goals was a huge help!

  3. My one word that God brought to mind is honour, and then confirmed it in a Scripture verse in a book I was reading and now I can’t find that page again! However the very next day situations started unfolding that have required a lot of honour in the midst of a very try week that could continue unfolding for a few months! Honour is definitely it.

  4. I love your analogy of how a word (or The Word) will only transform us if we get it down from the shelf and dive in! This was an excellent post, Kira, and very convicting! I’m so guilty of planning without actually going through and applying things to my life. Thank you for challenging us to really apply God’s Word!

    • I am glad you found it helpful! I picked a verse for the year that went along with my word (“The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord” Isaiah 29:19a), but everyday I keep reminding myself of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” so I think that might actually be my verse for the year.

  5. You’re so absolutely right Kira, having a word for the year just to be trendy is pointless. It has to be so much more than that. Thanks for challenging us to do more with the word that God has impressed on our hearts.

  6. I hated that word of the year trend too and then I saw a blogger with a word that fit me and it kinda stopped me in my tracks and I thought maybe God wanted me to see that word. The word was “called.” Yes, that fits me for sure but the whole bible is my word. I do see where a word as a great way to focus on something in specific though. So maybe now I am not so hard on the people picking out words. The Lord works in a lot of ways.

    • I think the important part is being intentional. So whether we pick out a word, or a verse, or make goals or resolutions, it doesn’t really matter as long as we are striving after God and living according to His purpose for us. I do think we have different seasons of life where God works in our lives in different ways, so the process of picking a word or goal is really about discerning what God wants from your right now.

  7. I’m glad you’re diving into your word with gusto. I’ve heard of Grace Goals, and it sounds like you’ll be very intentional. God gave me 7 action steps to take with my word. That’s what I’m doing.

    • Hey Kelly, I checked out your 7 steps and they are similar to what I did through Grace Goals. The most important part is that we actually have a God driven plan. I hope God blesses you on your journey this year.

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