So thanks to a genius idea from my friend @gritandglory, I’m joining in on a new way to look at New Year’s resolutions. Let’s be honest, they don’t usually work. My original thought was to get so unspecific that it’d be nearly impossible for me to fail. Alece takes it to a new place with One Word 2011.

The goal is to come up with a single word to help redefine your year. I toyed around with words like discipline and realized they only really tackled one or two areas of my life. Then a word came to mind.


Just Grow.

Grow in discipline.

Grow in faith.

Grow in fitness.

Grow in love.

Grow in community.


It pretty much covers it all. Some of those areas I’ve never been good at (ahem, fitness and discipline, ahem). Others, I’ve never had a problem with, but I haven’t been growing.

Growing should be easy for me, but sometimes I just don’t for no apparent reason. It means: Never. Stop. Moving. Be constantly changing. Always learning. Always checking yourself. Always reading Scripture. Always evaluate what you’re thinking and why. Grow.

So, I’m gonna make twenty eleven about growing. Should be fun. It’ll be a challenge., but I think it’ll be worth it.


4 Responses

  1. Good word, Matt! My word was wisdom, but in every pursuit I am always seeking improvement and growth. I’m looking forward to reading about your growth this year.

  2. Your word jumped out at me over on Grit & Glory’s #OneWord, simply because the tagline on my blog is “here to help you grow!” That word is going to rock your world! 🙂

  3. love your word choice, matt! growth doesn’t happen by accident. it doesn’t just surprisingly show up. not the internal kind anyway. growth requires intentionality. effort. attention. growth needs commitment and purposefulness. and you’re willing to put in all that it will take this year… so you know what? you’re gonna grow in leaps and bounds. i can’t wait to watch you incredible-hulk your way through this year!

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