How to Become a Jedi Next Year

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Last Christmas I received a very important gift for Christmas. This gift helped to unlock a hidden power in me, and that same power is in you. The gift was a small red book, but the contents of that book helped me to wield the force. I want to teach you guys what I learned through that book, and hopefully it will help you to grow as a person next year.

For those of you that are interested in reading it for yourselves, the book is called One Word That Will Change Your Life (If you pick it up through the provided link it will help to support us). I highly recommend it for personal use or as a gift. The book goes into much greater detail than this short article.

The Power of One Word

The “One Word” book creates an alternative to a New Year’s Resolution. The book suggests that instead of creating a New Year’s Resolution, we should deeply think and pray about one word that we should focus on throughout the year. That word can have many different elements to it, but all of those elements should be tied back to one easy to remember word. This word is used as a sort of “Tool” or “Weapon” throughout the rest of the year. After much deep consideration, the word I chose to focus on for 2015 was Courage. After all,

Fear is the path to the dark side.

So, how did the word courage work for me throughout the year? All of my success in 2015 was thanks to the provisions that God made for me. With that being said, there were many scary circumstances in which I needed to have courage and faith in God. At many difficult crossroads the word courage popped into my mind. It gave me that little extra push of motivation that I needed. It helped to remind me that fear often comes from a lack of faith, and that God is in control.

Remembering one word is a simple task, but it can stretch into immensely deep areas of our hearts. Remembering to live out the word courage helped me tremendously in the wonderful year of 2015. Here are a few examples of blessings that required me to have courage in 2015.

In 2015:

  • I got engaged
  • I started two new jobs that I love
  • I quit my job of over 6 years (that I hated)
  • I moved
  • I began inner city ministry work with homeless families

When I share these things I’m not trying to boast. All of these things were 100% blessings from God, but God also expects us to do our part. He provides the means of accomplishing goals, but we are still required to move. In 2015 the word courage helped me to continue moving.

How to Pick Your Own Word

For some of you a word may have already popped into your head. For others, you may feel overwhelmed with possibilities. Your word can be anything, as long as it helps you to accomplish your mission.

My mission is to grow in my relationship with God by loving Him and loving others. Last year after prayer and consideration I realized that fear, anxiety, and a lack of faith were holding me back from my mission. That led me to my word for 2015. In 2016 I have realized a new obstacle. I will continue to hold on to the word courage, but I am also adding an additional word. (I’ll try to let you know what my 2016 word is in an upcoming Vlog post)

What word can help you in this coming year? I can’t tell you exactly how to find your word, because it is your word to discover. I will, however, leave you with a few suggestions.

  • Pray about it
  • Think about what needs to change for you to accomplish your mission
  • Think about what needs to stay the same or increase in your life
  • Write out a list or “Web” of words, and find what links them together

I hope that the coming year is wonderful for you. Remember, love God and love others. Spend time growing as a person by reading your Bible, helping others, and praying. Have a happy New Year, and may the word be with you.

I love you all, and I’m praying for you!

-Caleb

P.S. Feel free to comment your word below!

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Photo Source:

JD Hancock – Yoda

 

3 Comments

  • Stephen says:

    Awesome article! Courage is a great word! Fear is so deliberating. While I was reading this the word ‘Change’ kept popping up in my mind so that is going to be my word for 2016!

  • TheNextTimeLord says:

    I know it’s already almost March but regardless here’s my word. Superfluous. Pretty interesting word.

  • Jacob says:

    My word is most likely going to be “Confidence”.

    How have you been, Caleb?

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