A new year has come again. I am grateful to see this first day of January. My 2014 was a year of ups and downs, highs and lows, reconnecting, affirming, and releasing. I don’t think we can welcome too much of the new if we’re unwilling to let go of things. Sometimes that letting go means giving up preconceived notions of what we think we should do or be. Enter again the One Word 365 challenge. Sometimes you choose a word, and other times a word choose you. So it is with me.
Last year my one word was intentional. It was a good fit for me. I thought of the word often throughout each month. There were times I wanted to boldly act with intention, but much of the time intentional living came in quiet whispers. Intention showed up in the ordinary, everyday mundane. It revealed itself when I purposefully wrote about difficult -things, when I shared space with other writers, when I took creative risks, dived deeper into faith, and worked through challenging situations.
Being intentional in 2014 was a transformative process, and 2015 calls me to something a bit different. My original thought for my one word was “relentless”. Such a strong word, and it seemed perfect. I wanted it to define the kind of year I wanted to have – one of intense pursuit of important things. I was liking this word, until last week. All of a sudden relentless didn’t fit. I previously prayed for clarity on my word, and it came. The answers never come they way you think they should.
My answer showed up early Sunday morning upon listening to a message on sabbath rest. The words settled deep in my bones, and I knew “rest” was my word for 2015. Rest is about being not doing. Were I to stick with relentless, it would have been about doing, go-go-go, constant moving forward, and striving. Just the thought of it wears me out. Enter the “rest.”
Rest from doing the most. Rest from striving. Rest from weariness. Rest from cluttering noise. I want to explore all the ways I can rest, and that doesn’t just mean sleeping. I want to discover and perhaps recover a sense of creative rest, sabbath rest, playful rest, emotional rest, spiritual rest, bodily rest, redemptive rest and restorative rest. In 2015 I’m choosing to lean in to each of these. I’m saying goodbye to performance living and hello to the grace of simple being.
What word are you choosing to guide your 2015? I’d love to hear your story. Whatever it might be, I hope it will encourage, empower, and equip you to live well throughout the year.