This time last year, I decided to take the plunge and choose “one word” as a theme for 2015.
After some time in prayer and soul-searching, I knew my word for the year was act.
I have to admit, I was skeptical about the whole process from the very beginning. Probably because I tend to be skeptical about all things trendy and bandwagon-ish.
But there have been numerous times over the past year when God brought my one word to mind just when I needed it.
When I was tempted to hold back…
When I was afraid of taking the next step…
When I really preferred to be lazy rather than productive…
And so I told the Lord several days ago that I was willing to have a one-word theme again this year, if that’s what He wanted for me.
Then I waited.
And I started to think that maybe I wasn’t supposed to have one word after all.
When I least expected it, as I was working through this Christ-centered book about productivity and some accompanying goals, this question was impressed upon my mind:
“Am I becoming the woman I want to be?”
It was an honest question, and a raw one from the heart of one who sometimes sees too little progress. Too little growth.
I know I’m not there yet. I haven’t arrived. Far from it.
But am I becoming?
And as I pondered this question, it became clear what my one word is for 2016:
Becoming the Person You Want to Be
One of the things I love about this word is its subtlety. It’s not terribly bold, is it?
But I find it inspiring nonetheless.
Day by day, moment by moment, I am becoming the woman I want to be.
I am becoming the woman God wants me to be.
Becoming is a word that offers grace.
I’m not there yet. I’m still in process.
Becoming offers accountability.
I’m not stagnant. I’m progressing.
By Gods grace, here are 4 things I’m becoming in 2016 (and beyond):
More spiritually mature. I want to love God more, with greater longing and deeper devotion. I want to obey Him more faithfully and imitate Him more closely.
More self-controlled. I want to be controlled by the Spirit, and not by my flesh. I want to desire God more than anything on this earth, and to glorify Him in my actions, my words, and my thoughts.
More physically fit. I want to be a good steward of the health God has given me. I want to honor Him with how I take care of the temple in which His Spirit resides.
More productive. I don’t want to do more; I want to do better. I want to invest my time in that which will point the most glory to God and achieve the most good for others.
4 Tools for Becoming
God has been so gracious to direct my attention toward some tools that are helping me in my pursuit of becoming. Perhaps they’ll interest you, too; I have every confidence, based on my own experience, that they would be a blessing to your life.
It’s quite possible that you and I fall short of meeting our goals because we neglect one essential element:
This life-changing course provides everything you and I need in order to develop goals biblically, and meet them grace-fully.
Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom created this ecourse of several video workshops, printables, and other resources. This has been absolutely revolutionizing my life! Worth it so many times over.
This ebook shares practical guidance for Christian families who want to improve their home life and strengthen their relationships with each other. There has been some strife in our home lately – too much holiday togetherness, if you know what I mean! – and I can’t wait to get a fresh start with some of these strategies.
I’ve always considered myself fairly organized, but this book has been just what I need as I reevaluate what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. It has opened my eyes to the difference between productivity and busyness, and has reaffirmed my commitment to stewardship. I know I’ll be referring to this resource throughout the year, and beyond.
I can say with confidence that this time next year, I won’t be perfect.
Not even close.
But by God’s grace, I can’t wait to see what I’m becoming.