At the beginning of the year, several people in the bloggy community sat down and used one word to define 2011.
I thought that was a wonderful idea, but I couldn't come up with a word. There's that weird part of you that wants your word to be special and different, but the other part that says that it must apply to your life, not some overambitious hope and dream down the future.
So, I didn't post anything. I'd even kind of decided in my heart that I wouldn't have one of those posts this year. I believe that no one reading this blog is keeping score, or some illusive track record. (THANK GOD.)
But in an interesting way last night, the Lord showed me what my word was.
Now, please know that I'm in a time crunch to post this, but I will upload all the links in case you have no idea what I'm talking about.
my 2011 word: intentional.
I'm doing this differently this year. While the last two weeks have been crazy, they have been intentional in a different way than any of the last five years. Yes, I'm trying a new planner that I will most likely lose hope in by May. Yes, I'm ambitious about losing weight. Yes, I will blah and blah and blah and blah to be different/better/new/ets.
But more than any of that, my 2011 needs to be, has to be, MUST be, intentional.
Relationships that are intentional.
Love is that is intentional and doesn't keep score.
Conversation that isn't gossip, but is intentional, in speaking truth and love. Even with strangers.
Thoughts and motives that are intentional. Knowing that, if I peel back all the layers, that whatever God is doing in me lies in the foundation of it all. Because HE IS intentional with me.
Work being intentional. Being the best employee I can be.
Family being intentional. Remembering, even when I get SO frustrated, that I need to be intentional with my family and love the where they're at right now.
Habits being intentional. Making "picking up" an intentional nightly habit, instead of "resting" (read: BEING LAZY) on the couch after work.
I think you see where I'm going with this.
2011 is about intention. And good ones. Pure ones. Lovely ones!!
Here's to the next 50 weeks!!