My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, James 1:19

As we close in on the end of the year and gear up for the new year, I pondered as to what I should write that might be worthwhile for all.  After some thought, I decided that I would do something similar to what I have done before.

Some of us beat ourselves up this time of year coming up with resolutions for the New Year. Things like start working out at a health club or exercise more.  Usually, those resolutions last about 3 months, and then often end up in your rear-view mirror, only to be dredged up again the following year.

I ran across a book entitled My One Word (see the video below) which intrigued me. Instead of coming up with a list of “to-do’s” or resolutions which are aimed at self-help, the author suggests that you choose one word that describes what you hope God will accomplish in you for the next year.

The word will be with you all year – something you can focus on, meditate on.  My word for last year was Listen.  Not surprisingly, when I asked my wife which word she thought I chose, she guessed it right off.  I guess she thinks I needed to focus on listening. After a year, I realized how much I needed to improve.

I realized that I often wasn’t listening to others very well, often absent-mindedly thinking of a response to whatever they had to say without totally absorbing what they wanted to say. Mentoring requires a lot of listening, and so it was a good choice for me.

I think I have improved at listening to other people. I have also concentrated on listening to God more.  I can be impulsive, and waiting on His input on decisions or directions has made me more patient.

While I feel like I made progress, I think that I will repeat Listen as my word for 2018. That’s just me.  There’s more to do.

For you, the reader, think about One Word that you could select. We might not be able to remember a lengthy resolution, but at least you can remember one word.  Several people emailed me after I did the post before, and gave me their one word.  One of them chose the word “Trust”.  I like that.

The challenge here for all is to select just one word for the next year. I found that the one word stuck with me and was a constant reminder of something I needed help on.  Is there an area in your life that you need to work on with God’s help?  Use the One Word concept to guide you through next year.   You’ll be glad you did.

 MENTOR TAKEAWAY:   Mentoring is more about listening than talking. Mentees are affirmed when you value what they have to say.

FURTHER STUDY:  For the video What’s Your One Word?

The book My One Word is available at Amazon:

WORSHIP: Listen to Chris Tomlin sing “Take My Life” which reminds us to be open to letting God do a work in us. Take My Life (And Let It Be) Chris Tomlin [Lyrics] – YouTube

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One thought on “Listen

  1. Great message , very instructive for me. My one word for 2018, is Listen! As a watchman , l must stand upon my watch, and see what he would say to me. Also, waiting on the Lord, requires listening to the Lord’s instructions. As I see more opportunities to counsel and mentor people, l need to listen more, so l can serve better.

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