It is becoming a trend to replace New Year’s resolutions with the picking of a single word. The single word is meant to act as a theme of what you would like to focus on during the coming year. I haven’t been a fan of New Year’s resolutions for quite some time, so this is an interesting idea. I’ve toyed around with a number of different words to help me focus on my goals for the coming year. Discipline, holiness, and discipleship were all in the running, but I finally did settle on one that I think captures an overall picture of what will help me improve the most in every area of my life in 2014.
For 2014 my one word is consistency.
Immediately upon reading that word, a question emerges, and that is “consistent in what way or to whom”? This highlights exactly the reason I’m settling on this word as opposed to something more specific like health or exercise or diet for reading or journaling. I picked the word specifically because it crosses the spectrum of all of my goals. Perhaps it goes without saying that in order to improve, in order to meet my goals, what I really need is not a specific plan, but rather the ability to carry out the plan consistently. It doesn’t do me any good to have an exercise plan if I only follow it 50% of the time.
There are many areas of my life in which I would like to be more consistent (in no particular order):
- Faithfulness to God
- Faithfulness to my wife and son*
- Eating well and fuelling my body
- Love to neighbour
- Scripture reading
- Reading, general and spiritual
* to be clear, faithfulness, for me, extends far beyond not committing adultery.