one little word 2011

January 1, 2011 at 12:59 am 1 comment

I finally picked my little words. 

The idea is to pick one (or two or three…) words that you want to characterize your year.  Little words that remind you how you want to grow, what you want to change or try, words that inspire you in February and July when the New Year’s resolutions have lost their sparkle and enthusiasm.

I’ve done this the last two years and loved it.  In 2009, I picked three words: Intentional (a trait I wanted to grow in), Embrace (the way I wanted to respond to changes) and Enchant (to be enchanted with the world around me and the life God has given me, knowing it is all undeserved mercy).  In 2010, it was still Enchant, and it was Love.  A simple word, a common word – but the key to the universe and something I wanted to grow in. 

I still want – and need – to grow in all of those words.  But it’s time for new words. 

I wanted to pick story.  But I thought that was kind of cheating, because I’ve already decided that it characterizes my entire life

And so, since I haven’t succeeded yet in just picking one word, I present my two little words for 2011: Dance and Fearless. 

I picked dance for so many reasons.  I want to dance through my year: I want to live it joyfully, energetically, gracefully.  I want to tell stories, as I do when I dance.  I want to worship.  I want to celebrate.  I want to tackle the hard things, to try them, to do them slowly and well.  I want it to be a year of learning and a year of beauty and a year of blessing others.

I want 2011 to be a year of dance.

I also want it to be a year of fearlessness – a word that has nothing to do with Taylor Swift, in case you were wondering.  I’ve been noticing how much fear holds me back – it holds me back from speaking when God is prompting me, from trying new things, from trusting fully.  Frankly, this needs to change.  I want to embrace fearlessly the opportunities God gives me, to be fearless in the face of change (so much of which is coming this year).  I want to trust Him and believe in His character and His promises with all my heart, without fear nagging and me and feeding me lies.  I want to be fearless in reaching out to others instead of being shy or worrying what they might think.  I don’t want to worry.

I want to be fearless this year. 

So there you have it.  2011 is a year for me to be fearless, and a year to dance. 

Words are beautiful, aren’t they?  If you’ve picked a word for 2011, do share – I’d love to read it!  And if you need more ideas, others have chosen words such as listen, focus, here, experience, journey, believe, and choose.

Here’s to the new year!  And in honor of it being new, I want to share this verse, Isaiah 43:18-19:

“Do not call to mind the former things,
         Or ponder things of the past. 
         Behold, I will do something new,
         Now it will spring forth;
         Will you not be aware of it?”


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Joanna  |  January 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful words, dearie. Check out my blog for mine. Love to you! Happy 2011!


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