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Surrender: One Word 2018

My One Word for 2017 was "faith."  God couldn't have put a better word in my heart when I chose that last year.  For 2018, I prayed that God would keep building on my faith and place a focus in my mind again.  For the past couple weeks, no word felt right as I tried to pick one word for this year.  But today, God gave me my word for 2018: Surrender.


As I think of the ways that God tested my faith last year, I'm very aware that he may call me to surrender in uncomfortable ways.  To be honest, it scares me a little bit.  But whatever he has in store for me and my family in 2018, I want to surrender it all to Jesus.  

I felt that "surrender" was the right word tonight while I was listening to the song "Gracefully Broken" by Matt Redman.  You can listen below.

The lyrics say, "Here I am, God, arms wide open! Pouring out my life, gracefully broken...I surrender."  I know there are so many areas in my life that I have not surrendered to God.  I'm excited to see how God changes my heart over the next 365 days and draws me closer to Him!  I ask that you pray for me as I strive to surrender my thoughts, my actions, and my life to Jesus.  Here's to 2018...Happy New Year!


2017 - FAITH (Read More)

2016 - PERSISTENT (Read More)

2015 - SERVE


One Word 2017 - FAITH

My One Word for 2017 is FAITH.

The past six months have been a whirlwind with a lot of challenges and have required me to live out my One Word from 2016, perseverance.  Circumstances have now given me the opportunity to strengthen my faith and rely on God completely in 2017.  Part of me is anxious for 2017 and the other part of me is eager and excited.  It's a daily battle to trust God and understand that He has a plan, but that's the reason that I have chosen faith as my One Word.

I typically feel like I have control over most things in my life and have the ability to make things happen, but I'm learning that there are some things outside of my control that require complete surrender to God.  2017 is going to bring change, that's a given.  I don't know what that change will look like, but I know that my faith & trust in God is going to be at the forefront of everything.  Each decision I make for my family will come from a deep understanding that God is in control.  

While I might not know what my future holds, I will always know who holds my future.  When challenges are met with faith, perseverance becomes very powerful.  I'm so excited to embark on this faith journey in 2017 with my wife and two girls!  Your prayers and support are always welcome as I know that I will struggle to live out this One Word consistently.  This year is going to be one to remember - let's make the best of it!

Past One Word's:

2017 - Faith

2016 - Persevere

2015 - Serve

2014 - Immediacy 

One Word 2016: PERSISTENT

I began choosing One Word in 2014 after being challenged to do so by Jon Gordon & Dan Britton through their book, "One Word That Will Change Your Life."  In 2014, I chose the word Immediacy in hopes to discipline myself to complete tasks as soon as they came up and limit my procrastination.  In 2015, I chose the word Serve with the desire to humble myself in order to help others so they could see Jesus reflected through me.  Both years have proven to be challenging and rewarding by focusing on my One Word.  


[per-sis-tuh nt]


1.persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement,etc.; persevering:

2.lasting or enduring tenaciously:

3.constantly repeated; continued:

I've always been someone who is motivated to push through obstacles, so I am familiar with the attributes that go along with persistence.  However, I've struggled recently with doubt, anxiety, and self-discipline both at home and work.  I want 2016 to be a year that I remember for giving everything I had into becoming the best husband, father, and coach that I could be.  Regardless of what God has planned for my future, I desire to thrive and overcome due to an ongoing mindset of persistence.  Not only do I want to be persistent through discouragement and disappointment, but I want to be consistent in setting myself up for success through my daily habits and disciplines.  I truly believe that 2016 has many great opportunities in store for myself and my family and I'm looking forward to see God's plan unfold one day at a time!  Please pray for me and encourage me to continue with persistence throughout the year!