My One Word for 2013 — Restraint
I have written before about how I do not like resolutions. They seem like a list of things borne of guilty feelings, which resign you to more guilt and disappointment when you fail. I think resolutions drive the behavior of just doing things to say you did them, rather than learning from the process.
I prefer to make goals, because you don't always reach goals, so they give you something to strive for while having permission to not cross the finish line on time.
Having said all that, I found this "one word" idea (click on the button above to view the site), and it struck a chord in me. Rather than being a slave to a list, I'll meditate on one word and what God's Word says about it.
When I thought about what my one word could be, self-control came to mind; but that seems more like two words, so I chose restraint.
Merriam-Webster defines restraint as: 1) an act or means of restraining; a restraining force or influence; 2) control over expression of one's emotions or thoughts.
The Holy spirit is the force or influence that will help me in all those areas where I need to exercise more restraint -- with my thoughts, my words, what I eat, how I act. And I definitely want to be able to have a clear mind so I can pray!
"The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled [have restraint] so that you can pray," (1 Peter 4:7 NIV, brackets mine).So, what about you? Would you like to do "one word" for 2013? If so, what will you choose? I'd love to know your thoughts on this.