One Year. One Word.

Over the past week my Facebook wall, as I’m sure yours, has been filled with people commenting on their New Year’s resolutions. While I think it is great to set goals, I think it is easy to let ourselves over do it.

I know myself pretty well, and I know that if I set too many goals at one time, I will quickly become overwhelmed and will most likely not succeed at any of them. Declaring that, with the start of the New Year, you’re going to run every morning no matter what the weather, eat less than 2,000 calories in a day and read your bible on your lunch break seems like a little much. Yes, they are all great goals, but will you really stick with them for an entire year?

That is why this year, instead of setting a resolution for myself, I have chosen a word – a single word that I will spend the next twelve months focusing on.

My word for 2012 is: Time.

This year I am going to spend more one on one time with my husband, my kids and my friends. When I am with them, I will let them talk and I will take the time to listen. I’m going to get down on the floor with my kids more and give them my undivided attention. Sometimes the dishes and the laundry can wait. I’m going to encourage my friends throughout the year and lift them up in prayer. All of which takes time.

I’m also going to invest more time with the kids in my ministry. I’m going to do my best to remember each one of them on their birthday and take the time to personally connect with as many as I can each and every Sunday. After all, kids may forget the amazing re-enactment of Jonah and the Whale that you teach them on a Sunday morning, but they will never forget the time you sat down and prayed with them as their parents were going through a divorce.

I can’t do it all, and I’m sure I’ll miss an opportunity here or there, but  this year I will do my best to turn off the TV more, close my laptop, put down my phone and offer my time.

How about you? What would your one word be for 2012?