A few years ago, I discovered One Little Word.
It’s actually a thing, you know.
(You can read all about One Little Word and the creative designer, Ali Edwards, who started it all- right here.)
I choose “one little word” to focus on every year.
Sometimes I share my “word” on this blog (like in 2015, when my word was “quiet”); most years, I choose to simply write about my thoughts and goals in my personal journal.
Today, I’m sharing my One Little Word for 2020 with you.
(If you’ve chosen a “word” this year, perhaps you’ll consider sharing it with me too?)
My One Little Word for 2020 isn’t especially profound, but it’s the particular space where God is cultivating growth in my life right now.
My One Little Word this year is consistency.
I’m a lover of words, so I looked up several definitions of “consistency” in various dictionaries.
The Cambridge dictionary said it this way:
“the state or condition of always happening or behaving in the same way.
That’s a great definition, but my goal in consistency is not monotony or predictability.
So I came up with my own, slightly personalized definition :
making the same, small decisions over and over again in order to move toward a goal or end result.
That suites me better.
The Power of Consistency
A few weeks ago, I was up reading early one morning when I discovered a slip of paper tucked inside a book I hadn’t opened in a while.
The paper was a list from January 2019, and I’d written three goals for the year.
As I read through the short list of habits I’d scribbled down months earlier, I realized two things:
- One, I’d forgotten that I’d made the list in the first place.
- Two, I realized that I no longer had to think about doing those three things; they had become habits and rhythms in my life.
Finding that list on a morning in late-November opened my eyes anew to the incredible power of consistency.
Making the same, small decisions over and over again does indeed move us toward larger goals and end results.
Why Consistency Challenges Me
In many ways, consistency comes more-or-less naturally to me.
As a Type-A, INTJ woman, I can be fiercely focused on what I want to do or become.
In fact, in my more unhealthy state, I tend to be obsessive about any number of things.
When I’m living well and am more emotionally healthy, I’m highly self-motivated and focused on goals and responsibilities (I’m a type 1 on the Enneagram, after all).
So why am I choosing a word like “consistency” when it sort of describes how I already do life?
—> Because, at deepest levels, it challenges my detail-loathing, task-oriented, big-picture-seeking heart.
After all, my friends…
I’m consistent in tasks, but not always in relationships.
I’m consistent in moving toward larger goals, but sometimes easily distracted when it comes to the boring, small details of life.
And, quite honestly, sometimes I am consistently inconsistent in key areas of motherhood and relationships.
So at the brink of a brand new year, I find myself both innately motivated and just a bit stretched beyond my natural capacities with this One Little Word: consistency.
I know I have a lot of heart work ahead of me this year.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention one key aspect of my thoughts on consistency at the start of this year:
And that would be the consistency of Jesus Christ.
Of course, this Scripture automatically jumps to our minds,
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.Hebrews 13:8, KJV
But I’ve been pondering a different Scripture these past few weeks- months really.
I am confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.Philippians 1:6, KJV
And the Amplified Bible restates it beautifully:
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.
While this verse doesn’t directly state “consistency,” that quality is the exact implication.
The very God who began a good work in my heart will continue to complete and perfect that work until the coming of his son, Jesus Christ.
My Heavenly Father doesn’t throw up his hands in despair every time I’m slow to learn or make a mistake.
He won’t walk away in disgust.
He won’t give up.
He is, in fact, constantly working in my life and in the hearts of my children. And- the best news of all– HE is the one responsible for the finished work.
Christ’s consistent love and power is at the forefront of my mind on this first day of the year. I know how badly I need his steadfast power in order to live well as a wife, mother, and woman.
Three Habits in 2020
I try to set goals in the New Year that are actually attainable; which usually means they are a few, very specific habits to cultivate and not huge, lofty “resolutions.”
In keeping with the simplicity of last year’s goals, I decided to choose three new habits to develop in 2020.
These will fall under the categories that I write about here at the blog (because I write about the things I’m living); things like Loving Well, Fashion and Fitness, Eating Well, Living Well or Learning Well.
Just maybe, divulging those three habits will make a great post for another day. *wink*
Focusing on the faithful consistency of Jesus Christ might just be the best New Year’s goal I can make in 2020.
After all, it is HIS consistent work- not mine- that will make all the difference in my life, and in the lives of those I love.
I hope to keep that as my mantra throughout the coming months of this year.
I’ll pop in later this week with a post about my three new habits for 2020, and maybe share what worked well in 2019.
What about you?
Do you have One Little Word for 2020?
Drop me a comment and share!
Here’s to living & loving well-