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My One Word

Updated: Jan 7

If you’re like most people, each January goes something like this: You choose a problem or behavior that has plagued you for years and vow to reverse it. In fact, you can probably think of two or three undesirable habits (and maybe four or five). We call these our “New Year’s Resolutions”, all of which are typically off your radar within a few days or a few weeks.

It’s okay to want to be a better you, and the new year is a natural time to start. The question is … how? My One Word replaces broken promises with a vision for real change. When you choose a single word, you have a single focus. You are moving toward the future rather than focusing on the past.

With My One Word, you’re right where God wants you: in His hands. And it’s not an extreme makeover we’re talking about. This year make it your resolution to see God at work in one area of your life.

What’s my one word for 2021? HOPE. Hope is not “I hope my team wins the Super Bowl” or “I hope I don’t get sick”. My word is the Biblical definition of hope: A confident expectation and desire for something good in the future.

Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future; it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen.

How do I know? Listen to Jeremiah 29:11-13: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.

God wants to bless us, but it is essential that we are willing to turn to Him in faithfulness, obedience, and repentance. And when we honor God in our hearts and lives and when we talk to Him through prayer and praise, God promises to respond to us in His Word and with His blessing.

God’s blessings in the past give me “hope” (confident expectation) for continued blessings in the future … for our church, for our school, and for me and my family.

So how do you go about picking a word? Go to to help you get started!

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