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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.
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.
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
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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.