Several years ago, I noticed that people were designating a word to guide their life for a year. I played along and chose the word simplify as my first "One Little Word." I haven't played the game in a few years, but have really been thinking of what type of change I'd like to make in my life this year. Not a resolution...a change. Something that will improve my life and the lives of people I connect with at home, church, school, etc.
My "One Little Word" for this year is ENCOURAGE.
I want to encourage others with my words and my actions. I want the people who see me live to see a woman who lifts others up, who puts others before herself, who is a servant in this broken world. But I also want to do things for myself: I want to run ina 5K. I want to lose weight. I want to be debt free. I want others to see me meet those goals. If I can do it...anyone can do it!
I want to encourage my children and husband to love the Lord. I want them to see me fall more in love with the Lord.
I want my children and husband to see me serve others. I want to serve others with them.
I don't want to be a gossip who attempts to destroy the reputation of another. I don't want to buy items on credit, using money I don't have, only to struggle to pay for it later.
I want my words and actions to encourage others. I want to encourage others to rise above the expectations of this world. I want to encourage others be a better version of themselves--to be more like the person God wants them to be.
I am going to fail. I am going to have to ask forgiveness. But I am so very hopeful that by focusing on the word, the action, of "encourage," I can look back at the end of 2013 and said, "I did it!"