This was the first year that I participated in One Word 365, an initiative designed (I think) to direct us away from resolutions that we won’t keep and toward a focus that we choose, either on our own or as directed by God. My word was Less – an odd choice, but the one that I felt was being impressed upon my heart. Here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the year and here is the one I wrote in the summer.
So how did I do? Well, I did find myself doing less in the way of time-consuming activities. My youngest daughter started the year in two competitive sports and she dropped one of those during the summer, which meant I was doing less driving and spending less time out and about. I made a conscious effort to spend more time at home and I tried to be aware of my current time commitments before adding any new ones.
I took the word to heart when it came to clutter around the house. I didn’t completely clear it all out, but I hauled several loads to Goodwill over the year and gave quite a bit to friends.
I also decided to be more conscious of the online commitments I was making, because I have a tendency to hear about a thing (Bible studies, link-ups, new books, Hello Mornings, you name it) and it sounds so cool that I jump right on the bandwagon. Then I drop off a little while later because I just can’t keep up with all the things. This year I did less so I was better able to continue what I started.
On a purely superficial note I got a fairly drastic haircut in November, chopping off several inches of my thick hair. I had been growing it out for a couple of years and while I was a little sad to lose it, I feel so much more like myself with shorter hair.
The verse I kept hearing was John 3:30: He must become greater; I must become less. Less of me means more room for Him to work in me and through me. I can’t say that I perfected the concept of less, but doing One Word 365 this year definitely gave me a head start toward some positive changes inside and out.