The one word that could change you this year


It’s kinda faddish, but it’s also kinda useful.  The idea is that you pick one word and focus on that for the next year.  Last year my word was generosity.  I worked on it.  I gave away time and money to become more generous.  This year, my word is…


I admit it; I like predictability.  I’m comfortable with the things I already know.  I can easily slip into mind-numbing routines and not even realize it.  That’s why my word for the year (2017) is “new.”  I’m committed to thinking new thoughts, trying new experiences, starting new projects, and building new relationships and habits.

Because, as Pastor Jeannette reminded us last Sunday, God is the “God of the new.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Revelation 21:5

So for starters I have a new reading plan.  A new morning routine.  A new weekly schedule.  And there will be more new things to come.

Please don’t misunderstand.  It’s not about change for change sake.  It’s about opening up my life to the work God wants to do.

See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19

What about you?  What word captures the work God would like to do in you this year?  Hint: If you need some help with this, please register for our Winter Rooted Experience.  It starts on Tuesday, Jan 24th, and runs for ten (10) weeks.  You’ll definitely learn to connect with God, his church, and his purposes for your life!

I encourage you to choose a word (or character quality) and make this the year that you finally begin to grow in that area.

-Pastor Mark

P.S. Feel free to add your “one word” idea below.

Posted on January 6, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My word is Inspire and I also came up with some notes/ideas in key areas of my life in which I can do this.

  2. I guess if i had to choose a word for this year, it might be hope, or breakthrough. Of course not the kind of hope or breakthrough that is humanly possible. An “out of the box” kind of thing. Not hoping for a specific thing.

    Romans 8:24 (NASB) says For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?

    I haven’t lost hope in what God CAN do, he can do anything, but i’ve lost hope in certain things ever happening. 😦

    Psalms 25:16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted.

    aaah, there’s something to hope for.. that God would turn to me and be gracious. I can’t possibly be the only one around here that feels that way!!!

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