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This is my One Word for 2015. It started bubbling up in my heart in late fall and I’ve been noodling on it ever since.
It’s such an odd word and could have so many connotations.
With other people.
With a desire, a feeling, a thought.
With my creativity.
With my words.
With my fears.
WITH implies being in the middle of something and fully engaged.
I like that because I have an all-too-common habit of being physically present but emotionally unavailable. This year I want to change that bad habit of checking out, or checking into the not-yet-available-future as an escape from present moments, or of missing a moment that could change me if I am willing to stay WITH it.
In light of the trajectory that I have started down in trying to build bridges between evangelical Christianity and the LGBT community, it is my hope that being “With” communities that have historically remained embattled will enable me to be a redemptive light and a revelatory mirror that can help both sides enter into safe and encouraging conversations.
Knowing the difference that my friends have made in the last year by remaining “With” me as I walked through my second divorce has helped challenge me to find ways to be more present “with” each of them. Seeing how remaining present “with” my pain helps me to process through it gives me courage as I seek continued healing this year.
“With” is a powerful, present reality that I can bring into my life.
When I look back on the last 5 years of participating in the #OneWord communities (OneWord365, MyOneWord, and this year GetOneWord), the discipline of choosing a single theme, and dedicating myself to filtering life through that theme has been life changing. These words have been prayerfully chosen, though their revelation is usually instant and happens around the dying leaves of each fall or incoming winter.
Some years I’ve been more focused than others on committing to and seeing my word. Other years I have dreaded the word (enter Risk and Joy). In the end, seeing God’s faithfulness through the theme’ing of my years with One Word has kept me committed to the process.
What is your OneWord for 2015?