At the end of 2010, I stumbled on a blog “Grit and Glory” and began reading about a "one word" resolution. I fell in love with this idea mainly because I have never been big on New Years Resolutions and the pressure it brings and of course the disappointments when I failed. I thought surely with one word, I can make a difference, either in my own life or in the life of someone else.
After much thought and prayer I decided my word for 2011 would be “GIVE”. Easy word, right, “to bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensations; to yield or allow.”
Today is December 12th, and I can honestly admit there has not been a day that I have not thought about that word and doing whatever it took to live up to that commitment.
I live in Alabama, so unfortunately in 2011, the tragic tornado was an excellent time for me to “Give”. Such devastation that I would not have ever believed if I had not volunteered several times to give to others that needed help so bad. I started a “Shoe” drive at my office to help those who lost everything during those April tornados and collected 119 pairs of good usable shoes to turn over to the Red Cross. I worked at a disaster relief center and helped others fill out necessary paperwork to get qualified for federal assistance. I gave my time and energy but came away more blessed than the victims!
I am an advocate for Compassion International and made it my priority to volunteer when needed to help get sponsors for these children of poverty. Left an event “on a cloud” because I assisted in getting eighteen children sponsored! I gave my time, my love for children and hope my talent, but I received so much more!
I was asked to teach the “Children’s Church” at my church on Sunday mornings. Is this my give back to the Lord? I give my talent (given to me by the Lord) but it does not feel like giving! I am blessed every week by these young children!
I have “take-aways” for all my “givings”, even though I have not given anything compared to to the sacrifice our Father made for us. I am praying about my “one word” for next year and know I will be blessed by the outcome.
Yes, “one word” made a difference in my life! Less focus on me and more on others, especially Him!
Would you join me and make 2012 your “one word” resolution year?