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So how do you go about picking a word?  We’ve listed out a few steps to help you get started!

Step 1:  Determine the kind of person you want to become.

The first step is to simply take some time and decide what kind of person you want to be at the end of this year. This goes beyond simply being healthier and wealthier, but it must drive deep into your soul. What about the condition of your heart? What about the person that God Himself has created you to be?

Step 2:  Identify the characteristics of the person.

Get a picture of that person and then simply identify their major characteristics. Is that person gentle? Is that person generous? What are the qualities of the person you want to become?

Step 3:  Pick a word.

Once you have a list of the characteristics, simply pick a word. There might be fifteen things that you want to change, but you must resist the temptation to promise you will do them all. Instead, simply commit to ONE WORD.

This will provide you with a lens to see the changes you need to make as well as a way to determine whether or not change is actually happening. Understand that this process is hard, but staying focused on your word will help you to struggle in the right direction so that you can actually see God working in your life.

Help Along the Way:

Before you embark on this journey, a little word of warning:  Don’t be surprised if living out your “one word” feels unnatural and awkward at first.  Remember, the reason you want to change is due to the fact that this godly characteristic is not currently present in your day-to-day life.  Give it time and stay with it.

(Text by Pastor Mike Ashcraft)


"And, the word became flesh."  —John 1:14