Monday, January 5, 2009

word of the year? passion...ˈpa-shən\ ...

Have you heard about "Word of the year?" I am not sure where it actually started, but many are scrap booking and blogging about it. To see other posts about word of the year go here and here. I think my word is passion. This year I want to be more passionate about Jesus, my family, my goals, my work, and interests. The biggest one is wanting to learn more and love Jesus more. For me passion involves being active not just an emotion. I need to study my Bible more to learn more about God and love Jesus passionately. Pick your word.
My three year old is passionate about Chocolate. She loves it. She will do most anything for chocolate including being potty trained. See my post here about that. This weekend she spent some time with her aunt and grandma. They all went out for breakfast and the waitress asked Laine if she would like chocolate milk. Her response was "I want the chocolate, but I don't really want the milk. For Laine milk just dilutes the chocolate. She doesn't need it. She doesn't want it.
I want to be that...passionate about what I am doing here on this earth. When I am with my family, I want to be passionately purposeful. I want to take the time to listen...really listen to their stories. To know them more. To love them more.
When I am at work I want to work in a way that makes a difference for those around me. That their day can be better because of being built up.
And lastly, the biggest passion I want to have to knowing, loving and serving Jesus more. In an upcoming post I will blog about my goals on how I plan to reach that one.
Ali Edwards wrote this...
"The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year. As I stated in my newsletter back in January 2007, "A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow."

Also from that same newsletter:

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2009?

It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother's word or your spouse's word or your child's word - this is YOUR word.

One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here's one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren't ready for it yet. Again, be open to the possibilities."
So what is your word?

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