My One Word: Grace

At, readers are encouraged to ditch the long list of new year’s resolutions and instead choose one word to focus on all year long, one word to inspire you, one word that encapsulates the character you want to have.

I’ve chosen grace.

one word grace

There are so many reasons:

1) I need so much grace from God.  Every single day.

2) I need to give myself grace.  I’m a perfectionist, and I can be very hard on myself.  This year, I want to give myself more grace.  This is not the same thing as allowing myself to slack off.  Instead, it’s practicing kindness and generosity toward myself, especially in my writing.

3) I desperately want to grow in extending grace to others.  I have been shown such an abundance of undeserved favor; I want to turn that around and show that to others.

2014, I hope and pray, will be a year full of black and white and also so many shades of gray, which help me to be more gracious, to value mercy from others and offer it freely, and to wield generosity as best as I can.



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9 thoughts on “My One Word: Grace

  1. I love this idea, because there is so much you can do with it. I think I did something similar back in 2006 where my mantra was “say yes to change,” and I said yes to everything (even when the boss would ask for volunteers, I had to raise my hand and volunteer). Even things I didn’t really want to do. It ended up being an incredible year because I had so many experiences and stories that came out of all the random things I did, from cleaning out dusty storage closets to climbing a 50 foot tower to going on dates.

    I hope that your experience with grace is amazing and fulfilling for you and those around you!

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