This time last year, I chose to participate in the One Little Word Challenge because of a post on Instagram. Quickly, I scrambled to find the right word for 2015. For some reason, I chose ‘valiant’. No thought was put into selecting the word, yet I somehow handled numerous 2015 moments courageously. ‘Valiant’ was tucked in the corner of my mind like a bookmark in an unread Bible. I had no intentions of reviewing its notes. No wonder 2015 seemed a bit scattered and scary at times. I didn’t focus. There was no plan, no goal, and no roadmap. There wasn’t even gas in the car of creativity for a moment of spontaneity.
In 2015, there was confusion, health scares, stress, upset, and general disappointment in nouns. (Persons not keeping their word…places not meeting my expectations…things not adding up…)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed parts of 2015. I traveled more than ever. I stepped out of one or two of my many comfort zones. I even addressed certain conflicts head on. However, I know that I didn’t take the challenge serious because doubt existed deep in the back of my mind. Should I text him first? Should I join friends on that vacation? What if I don’t have fun? What if I host a gathering at my home instead? What if they cancel…again? I won’t even get into checking the bank account with one eye closed and my fingers crossed.
The truth is that I wasn’t valiant. How could I be while smothering in doubt and worry? Perhaps it was because of the many happy hours I attended or the church services I joined from the couch. Maybe it was the result of me spreading myself too thin with a need to be busy, confusing a packed schedule for a productive purpose. Whatever the case, I realize that a lot of 2015 was void of joy. I became the president of the resting bitch face society by a unanimous vote. My excitement and emotion dwindled and I didn’t like it. I still don’t. There are too many blessings in my life for me accept last place and settle when it relates to my personal happiness.
Prior to selecting this year’s word I gave the challenge considerable thought. As I tell people often, “Sometimes your word is all you have. And if you can’t keep that, then what in the world are you doing?” My word means something. It is my declaration of getting my joy back. My word for 2016 is SPEAK.
I’ve had this word on my heart for a while. From chance encounters through song or scrolling through social media posts, SPEAK jumped out to me. I think of Psalm 119:130 (ERV). “As people understand your word, it brings light to their lives. Your word makes even simple people wise.” A second translation is the Living Bible, “As your plan unfolds, even the simple can understand it.”
My plan is simple. My plan is this…speak life, speak health, speak peace, speak success, speak purpose, speak hope, and most importantly, speak love. One of my favorite worship songs is by TobyMac. It says,
“Some days, life feels perfect.
Other days it just ain’t workin.
The good, the bad, the right, the wrong
And everything in between.
Though it’s crazy, amazing
We can turn a heart with the words we say.
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die
So speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak life, you speak life.”
This year is the year that I speak over myself! I speak a year of living life, restoring health, embracing peace, triumphing in success, fulfilling purpose, experiencing love, and generating hope. In doing so, I hope to inspire others to select one little word. One small step can change your life. Why not begin with the words you speak?
God bless you and keep you! Have a wonderful new year!
K. Jones ♥
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