One Word for 2011

Last year when I considered my “one word” for 2010, I began the process by looking back at what God had done in me during 2009. I felt my 2009 “one word” had been FOUNDATION, so I chose BUILD for my 2010 word. And God did build on the foundation He had created. I read and grew and stretched. But not nearly as much as I know was available to me.

I once read a quote, by whom, I don’t know, but it said that we judge others by their actions while we judge ourselves by our intentions. As I pondered this it became apparent that it was certainly true in my own life. I can only judge what I see others live out (not that I should judge at all) but for myself I know what I’ve considered, thought about and intended to “get around to” and I don’t  feel too bad about it – even when I haven’t followed through with any of it. I mean, if I thought about doing something nice for someone, or calling them to check on them, or taking a meal to a family who needs it, well at least it was on my radar, right? WRONG!

The same way that “…faith without action is dead,” (James 2:26) so is planning and thinking without action worth nothing.  I can think and plan and intend all day long but until I put feet to it it’s not worth a hill of beans (as my grandma would say).

So my “one word” for 2011 is a very simple, yet complicated one…DO. My goal is to DO more this year instead of just intending to DO something. Follow through will be my aim. Fear of failure is not going to hold me back and neither is a perceived lack of time, resources, or talent. I’m gonna be just like the sporting goods company – JUST DO IT!

What about you? Do you have “one word” for 2011?


7 responses to “One Word for 2011

  1. i love your word. DO. those two little words are all about putting feet to your faith. can’t wait to see how that unfolds this year!

  2. Mmm. This is powerful. I agree with Alece, two tiny letters that have the power to completely rearrange your life. Excited to see how God works this through this year in your life.

    • You think this is powerful…combine my One Word with two of the books I’ve read (or am reading, almost finished with the 2nd one) and it will blow your mind! Last week I read “Chasing Francis” by Ian Cron. St. Francis (who this “I-was-raised-Southern-Baptist” girl knew NOTHING about) was apparently a very radical “do-er” and now I’m about to finish “Passion is Not Enough” by Greg Darley. It appears that God is placing all the right things in all the right places at all the right times to help me “DO” something this year! I’m more excited about 2011 now than I was before.

      Thanks for your comment and welcome to this small community!

  3. your “i saw God today” blog name keeps resonating in my heart… i need to start saying that each day to keep focused on my word LOOK… thank you, friend.

  4. Aww, how sweet! Did you read the first post I did that explained how God gave me the name? I just realized that I didn’t have the archives section on the side bar. Corrected that. It’s the post from April 24, 2009.

    Thanks for your encouragement. Hope I can return the favor someday.

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