I carry a little notebook in my purse. In it I write down sermon notes and blog post ideas, song lyrics that speak to me and quotes that make me laugh.
I have another notebook I keep next to my Boppy and stack of burp cloths, where I write down every feeding and diaper change – or at least the ones I remember. [Middle-of-the-night is not my most lucid or reliable time of day.]
And then there’s my other notebook – or, as I think of it, My Notebook. It’s a thick journal (This one, if you’re wondering. The cover makes me happy, so I buy them in bulk.), and it’s my brain on paper. I write to-do lists and idea lists and house repair schedules and book ideas and budgets and more to-dos. Sometimes I write things down after I’ve done them just to cross it off.
I also have a notes app on my phone, along with a voice recorder where I leave myself messages. And before my kindergartener developed a love of Post-Its and began hoarding my supply for herself, I had piles of them with little notes and reminders, ideas and numbers scattered all around my house and my life.
When something is important to me, I write it down.
Two months ago, we gathered here in this space to share our visions for 2014. We tossed aside endless lists of goals and ambitions, dreams and plans – and we exchanged them for One Word.
Just one word. We searched scripture and our hearts, and we listened for God’s voice. Perhaps it came as a still, small voice, whispering a word like, “SURRENDER,” “LESS” or “REST.” For others it may have appeared, repeatedly, in our everyday lives, shouting, “ENOUGH,” “COURAGE” or “MOVE.”
No matter how we arrived at our One Word for 2014, though, we showed up in January to bravely share them.
Something significant happens when we share our hearts – our dreams, our desires, our callings – out loud that way. Those words become real; they come alive. Simply by saying it aloud – even when “aloud” means typing it into a comment box on a blog – we commit more deeply, we believe more strongly.
How is your year going so far? What have you learned as a result of your One Word?
Don’t worry! I’m not asking for the usual resolutions progress report. I don’t need to know if you’ve lost 10 pounds or read that book, if you’ve gotten up early or attended that pottery class. I’m asking about YOU – who you are and who you’re becoming, not what you do (or don’t do)!
I’m simply wondering, friend: How are you?
My word for 2014 is Rewrite. I had a baby shortly after sharing that on my own blog and despite my great intentions, I lost the ability to string together many words at once (much less words that make sense!). My book proposal sits untouched – and certainly unrevised – on my desktop, and on the rare occasion I complete a blog post it is, well, less than coherent.
The truth is that I haven’t done much rewriting in the literal sense so far this year.
That’s okay, I think. The point of choosing One Word isn’t to set ourselves up for guilt trips and browbeating if we don’t finish a project or miss a deadline. The point of choosing One Word is to set it as a compass, a heart guide for our calendar year.
So while I have not written many words on paper (aside from all those lists and reminders and to-dos), I am allowing God to rewrite several parts of my life. It’s not a journey that began on January 1, and I suspect it won’t finish promptly on December 31. But I will be intentional (a word so many of you chose!) in seeking ways to be changed, to grow, to be rewritten into the woman God designed.
And to get there? I’m collecting words to remind me of this journey I’m on, and then I’m writing them down where I can see them every day. Like I said, when something is important I write it down.
I know your One Word is important, too. Perhaps you’d like to write it down? Write it on a sticky note and hang it on your mirror. Curate a Pinterest board of inspiration related to your word. Make a list of the ways you’ve already seen God use your word this year – and stick it on your fridge. Change the wallpaper on your phone or the screen saver on your computer. Blog about it, tweet about it, write a song about it or email a friend about it. Just write it down.
Is your word in the image above? Click here for a free printable to download. Print a copy for your office, your kitchen, your quiet time corner at home. Frame it or laminate it or use it as a bookmark in your Bible. Words have power. Unleash it by writing yours down.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home
and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
How do you keep God’s word and your One Word on your heart?