Have you heard of the One Little Word or One Word concept? I started seeing this on blogs a few years ago and I loved the idea behind it. Instead of making resolutions that never end up happening, One Little Word is about choosing one thing to focus on for the year. There is no failure or guilt involved. As usual, I thought it was cool but didn’t participate. But this year I decided to go for it.
My word for 2014 is COURAGE. I thought about choosing “Brave”, but I landed on courage instead. In my mind, you can have courage but still be afraid of something. I associate being brave with not being afraid, so I chose courage instead. Why did I choose this word? Well, I’m a very introverted person and have always struggled with anxiety, thus failing to try new things, say what’s on my mind, engage in social situations…basically live into fear. That is why I have never participated in the One Word Challenge. I thought it was cool, but I was too afraid to put myself out there and commit to something. “What if people think I’m stupid or judge me?” “What if the word I choose is lame?” I want to have courage to do the things that I fear the most. I want to have courage to be vulnerable with others and God.
I chose this word because God has already orchestrated a few things to happen in 2014 that absolutely terrify me. I literally can’t muster up the courage to do these things on my own, but I will have to rely on Christ’s strength. They may seem like nothing to others, but not for me and my small little comfort zone. My hope and prayer for this blog in 2014 is to share some of these struggles and successes with you all and not be afraid to be more open and real.
So, there you have it. Yes, I was totally afraid to write this post and push the “publish” button, but I’m going for it because that is what COURAGE is all about.
What is your one little word for 2014? Join me in this adventure and comment below!