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Effective – My One Word for 2018

January 8, 2018 1 Comment

I am not sure who started the one word craze but in 2015 my word was “Generous.” In 2016 it was “Focus.” I did not have one for 2017. I am not one to randomly pick a word the word has to come to me. Our associate Pastor was preaching on New Year’s Eve and at the end of his message the word “Effective,” is what came to me for 2018. Also, by saying “come to me,” I am not trying to refer some supernatural spiritual event. The word, just popped in my head but when it did, I knew it was my word for the year.

According to the first definition of effective is: “adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result:”

I am not sure if I like the word “adequate.” Who wants to be described as adequate? However I love the, “accomplish a purpose; producing the expected result.”

I think we have all experienced times where we have invested large amounts of effort only to fall far short of our purpose.

Dreaming is safe, but…

It is easy for me to dream, and talk about my vision for the future.  Talking about dreams can easily become a crutch, a way of playing it safe. As they say, talk is cheap. However, when you desire to effectively bring those dreams to a reality, you quickly realize failure is a real possibility. Effectiveness in life can only be achieved when we are willing to take risks.

Effective 2018

  • Effective disciple of Jesus Christ
  • Effective pastor
  • Effective husband
  • Effective father and grandfather (aka Pops)
  • Effective brother
  • Effective friend
  • Effective employee of Incomm
  • Effective in the little things of everyday life

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

 I pray that the Holy Spirit will cause me to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ and bring glory to God in all that I do.

When December 2018 arrives I hope to be able to look back on the year and see the positive impact of my words and deeds. This will be the true judge of whether or not I have lived an effective life.

Do you have a word for 2018? Share it with me in the comments.

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.