We’re a few days into a new year and it seems like everyone is either talking about the resolutions they’ve made or the ones they’ve already broken.
While it feels great to crush my goals, I also want this year to bring about life and attitude transformation.
For a few years, I’ve observed bloggers around the world, embracing a one word resolution for the new year. I’m not sure where this originated from, but the idea has always intrigued me.
Unfortunately, I’ve been scared to commit to a word. I’ve read about people who chose a word and had that word backfire on them. For instance, one blogger chose “peace” only to encounter a year of “chaos”.
However, I can’t let fear deter me. It’s through the challenges that we learn and grow the most. Plus, there’s no denying that I’ve felt convicted to choose a word for 2017. In fact, it didn’t take a lot of effort for the word to come to me.
For the past few months, I’ve been inadvertently moving in a specific direction. My life pull has been to embrace simplicity.
I’ve been repeatedly leaning towards simplifying everything in my life.
For example, in the last few months of 2016, I diligently arranged my schedule so that I could start my day more peacefully. But this shift wasn’t because I needed peace, but rather because I yearned for simplicity.
Another clue that I craved simplicity was that I began reading Simplicity Parenting.
Then, when I drafted my gift list back in October, I included a book which I had completely forgotten about until it was given to me at Christmas… the book is entitled, 30 Days to a Simpler Life.
I’ve felt compelled to slow down.
I desire a clutter-free home.
Calmness has been beckoning me.
In my yearning to hear God more, I’ve felt the need to seek quiet.
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
2 Corinthians 1:12 (ESV)
My word is a revolutionary one.
My type-A, eager, hard-working nature leads me into busyness and complexity.
It’s hard for me to simplify because the margin that simplicity creates is uncomfortable.
I avoid empty spaces because I associate emptiness with loneliness and lack.
We live in a world which pushes us to fill.
Fill our homes, fill our hearts, and fill our minds.
But I wonder if I’ve been filling my life with the wrong things.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21 (ESV)
As Jonathan Cahn shared in The Book of Mysteries, when a lid is put on a jar, its contents become limited and finite… but when you remove a lid from a jar, it’s an open vessel that has no limits. The vessel that could hold only what was finite, with one simple shift, can contain what is infinite.
By choosing to simplify, I’m removing the lid from my life. By simplifying, I free up my mind, my body, my home, and my time for limitless possibilities.
I’ve tried not to overthink this part, because that’s bringing complexity into my quest for simplicity. However, I need to learn simplicity. So I have a few things I want to attempt in order to simplify my life.
- Continue with daily Bible study and prayer
- Participate in (and complete) 15 Days to a Healthier You
- Finish reading Simplicity Parenting
- Read and follow the steps in 30 Days to a Simpler Life
- Declutter my home
- Simplify the foods I eat (clean eating)
- Create margin in my schedule
So there you have it… my one word for 2017 is simplicity.
Do you have a one-word resolution? If so, I would love for you to tell me all about it!
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