Have you seen all the “one word” announcements over the past few weeks? “My one word for the New Year is…simple, focus, intentional, etc.” The idea of focusing on just one word appeals to me. Usually I set a lot of big goals for the year, only to end up frustrated with my lack of progress. Choosing one word focuses our energy and effort, which leads to more effective transformation.
Yet, one hesitation held me back from choosing a word for years. The concept of, “choose a word and be transformed,” sounded way too simple (because it is). Simply picking a word—hanging it on your wall, dangling it from your key chain, or adorned it around your neck—is about as effective at Bob Newhart’s “stop it” therapy. It tells us what we should do, or who we should be, but offers no practical advice for actually living out change.
After more thought, I decided two things are necessary for applying your one word all year long:
- A biblical understanding of your one word.
- A plan that included practical steps for the entire year.
Luckily, I already owned the perfect resource to address these needs, Grace Goals.
The Perfect Tool to Help You Apply Your One Word All Year Long
My blogger friend Arabah Joy created Grace Goals as a biblical approach to goal setting, and it works perfectly for more abstract goals like character building.
Grace Goals shows you how to use the power of grace to achieve your goals. The Bible tells us God’s grace brings to fruition our desires for goodness (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). God’s grace also teaches us to say no to our sinful nature, and strengthens our hearts (Titus 2:11-12, Hebrews 13:9).
As Arabah says in Grace Goals: “Grace is the power of God. It is more than God’s forgiveness when we do wrong…it is God’s enablement to do right. Grace is what has the power to transform a person’s life.”
Here is what Arabah Joy says about Grace Goals:
“Grace Goals is built upon a concept in II Thessalonians 1. It rocked my world and turned out to be the catalyst for massive change and growth in my personal life.
It says, “To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
This passage shows the connection between our DESIRES and EFFORT (goals) and God’s grace.
It’s almost as if God’s grace infuses our goals with power… if we will but take the first faith step and set them!”
If you desire true transformation in the New Year, the best thing you can do is recognize your need for God’s grace.
The next best thing you can do? Get Grace Goals.
If you do not know what your “one word” or goal should be, no worries; in Grace Goals, Arabah walks you through the process of discerning what God wants you to work on.
She also guides you in:
- Developing a doable, personal plan for change
- Learning why grace is the enablement you need
- Recognizing and appropriating grace in your daily life
Sound like exactly what you need? Grab your copy here!
My hope is for all of us to be a living testimony to the power of God’s grace in our lives. So let’s choose a word, make a plan, and call on the power of grace to live the life God intended.
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