Introducing the “One Word” Concept

I love a new year, how about you?  God knows we need fresh starts, that’s why He gives us one each new day, week, month and year.

Normally, at the beginning of a new year, leaders reflect and make goals or plans for the upcoming year.  One study says that 87% of people make “New Year’s Resolutions”.  However, by the end of the first month of the new year, 50% of those people have already failed to keep even one of those resolutions.

Let me introduce you to the “One Word” concept.  The basic idea is that instead of making a resolution for every area of your life (spiritual, relational, financial, physical, etc…) you ask God to give you the “One Word” He would like you to focus on for the year.  This word then flows into all aspects of your life.

For example, one of the leaders I serve with sensed that her word for the year was to be “seek”:

  • Seek after the Lord
  • Seek His counsel first in all things
  • Seek out meaningful relationships with those around me

She then spent the entire year “seek”ing the Lord.  By the end of the year, she had grown considerably in the discipline of seeking.

I have found that sometimes in our Christian growth, we make the mistake of being broad rather than deep.  We focus on too many things at once.  Yet for something to really take root in our lives it needs ample time to process and be integrated into our lives.  That’s the beauty of the “One Word” philosophy.

For the next couple of weeks, I am excited to share this “One Word” concept with you and explain how I have integrated it into my life and the lives of leaders I oversee.  If you are interested in further study, check out the book, My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.  (link below)

In my next post, I will explain how you go about choosing your word, with a list of potential words to consider.

Your Friend in Ministry,



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