Ali Edwards, a memory keeper, has been encouraging people to choose one word for the year. My word for 2012 was “execute.” There were some things that I wanted to get done and see through to the end. Those three little syllables reminded me to “do it now,” “get it done,” “just do it!”
I had been thinking all week about my word for 2013 and nothing was sticking. I saw a Facebook Status update from one of my sorority sisters about “Midnight Meditation” with Shanel Cooper-Sykes. I’ve been following Shanel for a few years now on Twitter so I decided to hop on the call 18 minutes later. There were lots of things that she said that resonated with me, but once we started the meditation (with 1,000 callers tuned in), and she started talking about surrendering to God, I knew that I had my word.
Surrender – (verb) to cease to an enemy or an opponent and submit to their authority
In order to surrender, I must stop seeing God as an opponent by lack of faith, by ignoring his voice, and by attempting to force my will. To surrender means to submit to his authority, period. Praise is fine. Prayers are uplifting, but it is my belief that we can only experience transformational change by surrendering which means allowing God to have full access to our lives, full control over our behavior and choices and we must act on his directives. By surrendering I will:
- Speak less & listen more.
- Worry less & pray more.
- Complain less & show gratitude more.
- Move less & be still more.
- Watch less & read more.
What’s your word for 2013? You can read more about Ali Edwards here: http://aliedwards.com/2012/12/one-little-word-2013.html#more-26841. Be sure to read the comments to check out other people’s words!