My One Word for 2015

by Andrew Forrest

Resolutions don’t work. Rather than focusing on a list of specific ways we want to live differently each year, I wrote last year about a better alternative: focusing and living into a one word theme for the new year.

"San Giorgio Maggiore at Dawn" [1819] by J.M.W. Turner [Wikimedia Commons]

“San Giorgio Maggiore at Dawn” by J.M.W. Turner, 1819 [Wikimedia Commons]

The Most Important Thing I Did in 2014

The single most important thing I did in 2014 was make a habit of getting up early for prayer and exercise. As I’ve written?previously, that habit was a keystone habit that affected every area of my life last year.

Overall, I did better in the first seven months of the year than I did in the final five months, when I found myself busier than I’d ever been in my life. Rather than redoubling my efforts towards my early habit when I needed it most, I let it slide, and therefore so did my prayer life, physical fitness, and sermon quality. (No kidding–I think my early habit helps me be a much more effective preacher.)

So, I’m keeping the same word for 2015 as I had for 2014.

My One Word for 2015

My one word for 2015 is?early.

I want to:

  • wake up early
  • pray early
  • workout early
  • finish tasks early
  • get to appointments early
  • finish my sermon early (this would be life-changing!)
  • get to bed early

What about you? Why? Leave comments below.


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Vickie McMurray January 1, 2015 - 9:59 am

My husband and began this last new year. Last year my word was grace this year obedience!

Andrew Forrest January 1, 2015 - 10:09 am

Vickie, how did “grace” work for you last year?

Matt Judkins January 1, 2015 - 10:01 am

My one word for 2014, inspired by your post, was “move.” I wanted to: move almost everyday through exercise, move beyond frustration and sickness, move toward God, and I also anticipated moving and changing churches. Honestly, all of these things happened in 2014.

Now, I need a new word…

Andrew Forrest January 1, 2015 - 10:09 am

Matt, God is good. What a great report from 2014. I really like the part about moving beyond frustration. Good stuff.

Curt January 1, 2015 - 10:03 am

I think I need a redo on my word from last year also and that’s “Follow”. I especially need to follow through on things, no matter how hard they get. I also, started 2014 off good exercising, improving work skills, volunteering, reading bible plans, and praying. But either through time or hurdles I would end the year not completely following through on most of my goals. I think this time I will literally (on my smart phone) set up monthly progress reports due on “On following through on goals”. I mean if we can do monthly reports for work and pay bills every month we should be able to check up on ourselves as well.

Andrew Forrest January 1, 2015 - 10:10 am

I have a love/hate relationship with our phones. I find mine to be extremely distracting. But, if we are going to have them (and I know I’m not going to get rid of mine), then I say we get them to work for us. Good thought on the monthly reminders.

George January 1, 2015 - 10:38 am


Invest in my relationship with God. Invest in my health.
Invest in my family.

I am looking forward to a year of sound investments!

Andrew Forrest January 1, 2015 - 10:52 am

Matthew 25:14-30

Jessica Killough January 1, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Delight! (I love that the word light is a part of delight…)

DELIGHT in God and pursue His word earnestly. (Psalm 1:2, 37:4 / 2 Corinthians 5:9 / 1 Thessalonians 2:4 / Psalm 119:105 / Psalm 119:11)

DELIGHT in people and relationships. (Ephesians 4:1-2 / Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 / Proverbs 17:17 / Romans 12:10 / Colossians 3:12-14)

DELIGHT in all of life’s circumstances. (Romans 8:28 / Romans 12:2 / 2 Corinthians 12:10 / Psalm 16:11)

Be a DELIGHT. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 / 1 Peter 4:8-10)

“The delight we inspire in others has this enchanting peculiarity that, far from being diminished like every other reflection, it returns to us more radiant than ever.”
Victor Hugo

Andrew Forrest January 1, 2015 - 4:54 pm


The I think the Hugo quotation is another way of saying “Love Goes First.”

Great word.

Kristine January 2, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Disciplined. I need to be more disciplined in getting up earlier in the morning, my time with God, exercise, food intake, obedience, the list could go on…

Brian January 4, 2015 - 11:56 am

Thanks, Andrew. It really does have me considering one word for 2015. BTW ? I love me some William Turner!

Stacy Mach January 12, 2015 - 9:34 am

Great sermon yesterday. I’ve decided for 2015 my word is going to be Choices.
I am going to make choices that will improve my health and well-being,
will have a positive impact on Chris and the boys,
and strengthen my relationships with God, family and friends.

Andrew Forrest January 12, 2015 - 9:40 am

I like it. EVERYTHING is a choice, you know? Everything requires a trade-off, and there are no situations in which we don’t have a choice.

Jonathan Andersen January 15, 2015 - 10:44 am

Finally got around to solidifying my word: presence.

My bottom line: Being present with people is more important than perfect processes.

Andrew Forrest January 16, 2015 - 11:31 am

Good for you.

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