one little word 2010

January 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

I love this idea.  Pick one word (or three!) that you want to characterize your year. 

Just one little word.

One word may not seem like much – after all, it is the actions that actually make a difference, not the words.  But the act of picking a word, the act of even remembering what you picked and why – that is enough to remind you, in the middle of March when all thoughts of the new year and new hopes and goals have all fled, of what you want to do with your minutes today.  How you want to act or respond.  Something you want to embody or grow in. 

Last year, I picked three: Intentional (a trait I wanted to grow in).  Embrace (the way I wanted to respond to big, scary changes – and even little, annoying interruptions).  And enchant (something I wanted to embody; as the quote describing CS Lewis said he had a “willingness to be enchanted” with everything, knowing that everything was undeserved grace.)

This year, it’s two words – one old, one new. 

The old word is enchant.  I still love the idea of being enchanted with things and not taking them for granted; choosing to enjoy and be grateful for surroundings and events. 

The new word, as I mentioned, is love. 

It’s simple.  It’s not an elegant or unique or whimsical word: in fact, it’s rather common and overused.  And yet, it’s the key to the universe. 

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love,” Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 13:13.  And earlier, he writes of many “remarkable” things: having the ability to speak in tongues, or faith that literally moves mountains, or the gift of prophecy, or even selling all to give to the poor.  Yet after each example, he says that if he has those things “but have not love, I am nothing.”

Nothing works without love; even the important things become worthless when love is removed from the equation.

One of the Pharisees asks Jesus, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  And Jesus replies: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the prophets and Law hang on these two commandments.”  (Matthew 22:35-39)

Love is the first and greatest commandment – love for God and love for others.  In fact, the world hangs on them.  Nothing works without love. 

I’d say God considers it pretty important.  And He even declares that He Himself is love – pure, perfect, complete love. 

So love is really important. 

And love – God’s love – is what I want to characterize my year.  Okay, my life.  But we’ll take it in more manageable chunks here!  I want to love God fully, with all my heart and mind and strength.  I want to really love others – not because they make me happy or are loveable or because it’s convenient. 

Obviously, I won’t get far with this on my own.  But hopefully the fact that I’ve picked it and (maybe) posted reminders will, indeed, remind me to pray more often, and pray for more love.  And maybe it will remind me of the person I want to be, and having that image in front of myself everyday will help me be more loving. 

Regardless – there you have it.  I want 2010 to be a year of love and enchantment.  And no, I’m not talking romance, even though it sounds like “and chocolate and flowers” would fit nicely into that sentence.  (Except I don’t like chocolate).  You know what I mean.

So won’t you join me?  Pick a word – or three, or five.  Really, it can and should be anything you like, something tailored just for you.  Others have done words such as peace, nurture, creative, and play.  Or let a word pick you….and let’s see what happens in the new year.

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  • 1. summing up my life in one word « Overlapped's Weblog  |  October 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    […] about my love affair with words – I have words that I want to describe me, to describe my year, and that I just really like.  And I think I’ve found one word that describes my entire […]

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