We all need tools to remember things, whether it is a post-it note with your to-do list or a fancy app that keeps you from forgetting the important things in your day to day schedule. The same is true for your “One Word” for the year. In order to keep it at the forefront of your mind, you need a reminder or two. This post shows you the reminders I have used for myself and gifts I have given to my leaders to help them remember.
For my female leaders, I asked them to tell me their favorite colors to wear and then had one particularly “crafty” (and I mean that in the best way) lady make each of them a bracelet. One of the leaders said she wore her bracelet each. and. every. day. to remember her word, “peace”. Notice the little beaded angel on the bracelets, this was on each bracelet and added a sense of camaraderie and unity for the female leaders.
The male leaders were a little harder to figure out. What could I do for them? This framed saying was just the thing! I had another “crafty” lady (we do have a lot of “crafty” ladies in our church *smile*) take each man’s word and Bible verse and make a nice frame for their desk, dresser or table top. I also asked each man what color scheme or motif they liked, i.e. hunting, fishing, stars and stripes, etc… I thought these turned out as nicely as the bracelets and I loved seeing them displayed in the male leader’s homes.
One day at a fall craft show, a pottery vendor encouraged me to reach into one of her pottery bowls and pull out a “word rock”. She explained that each word was different and hoped it would be meaningful to me. Imagine my delight when I dug down deep into the bowl and pulled out the word “Remember” – my “One Word” for that year. It touched me that (by God’s providence) that was the “word rock” I selected. I placed it in my coat pocket and each time I placed my hands in my pocket I was reminded of my word.
This “One Word” journal is a simple, yet effective way to keep your “One Word” before you throughout the year. Simply write your word and definitions on the inside cover, write your prayer of commitment on the first page and then find some verses that go along with your word to journal and meditate upon.
These ideas are proven to help yourself and the leaders you serve remember their “One Word”. Why not choose one or two to implement into your life and the lives of those you lead?
Your Friend in Ministry,