One Word 2016

0568aaad-08f5-4552-ac63-5973503fe891If you had one word that you wanted to describe what you wanted to get out of 2016, what would it be?

For the past few years, I have started the first week in January, with writing about a word that I wanted to define the year ahead. Some years have been better than others.

This is not a pie in the sky kind of thought process. This is more of a goal that I want to meet. See, the word that I use to describe my year is for me a goal in growing my character. The word describes an aspect of my life that will help me become more of the man that I believe God has designed me to become.

This year my word is:


I believe that there are a lot of people that are living their lives without focus or direction. They live without purpose. A life apart from focus and purpose is a wasted life.

I don’t want to live a wasted life.

I want everything that I do to be done on purpose for a purpose.

Another way of saying this is: I want everything I do to fit into God’s overall purpose for my life.

Wasting time is easy. Intentional living takes work.

Living on purpose takes work because it is far too easy to live distracted. Life has a way of throwing knuckle balls at you that are meant to knock you off of your game. It takes determination and focus to not let things sidetrack you.

You are more likely to live out your purpose when you are listening to the voice of your Shepherd. When you listen to the voice of your Shepherd, you follow Him in obedience. Your obedience shows you that you have purpose in every area of your life.

If you want to live an intentional life, you have to be disciplined.

Plan moments in areas that you want to be intentional.

  • You have to be intentional with your personal growth.
  • You have to be intentional with your health.
  • You have to be intentional with your spiritual growth.
  • You have to be intentional with your kids. You need to spend time with them individually and together.
  • You have to be intentional with your spouse. We will talk more about this one later.
  • You have to be intentional if you want to get out of debt.
  • You have to be intentional to make disciples.

Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, you have to be intentional in working towards that goal.

Distracted people let life happen to them instead of making things happen. Distracted people wonder and wander. Distracted people fear change. Distracted people miss opportunities.

Every day is another opportunity to make a difference. There are 358 days left in this year. That is 358 chances to make a difference in your life, your spouse’s life, your kids’ lives or the life of someone else.

If you want to make a difference, you have to be intentional.

Be Intentional.

Live on Purpose.

Don’t Waste Your Life.


What is your One Word for 2016?


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