One Word: Forward

It’s hard to experience growth and progress if you are not moving forward.  If I’m not moving I have a tendency to sit back and settle for the comfortable and the familiar.

But this year, I want to keep moving forward.

I like how Francis Chan said it. “It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.”

This year I am joining others at One Word 365 who are tossing out New Year’s Resolutions and choosing one word to focus on for this year.  Because “one word can change everything.”

So this year, my one word is Forward.

This year I want my one word to prompt me, remind me and encourage me to persevere in every aspect of my life.  This year I want to stop getting sidetracked

by comfort
by comparison
by praise
by criticism
by excuses
by technology
by fear

This year I want to keep moving forward…as a wife, a mother, a friend, a writer.

“So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t. The heart regulates the hands.” 2 Corinthians 8:10-11

30 thoughts on “One Word: Forward

  1. Kandi


    Hope you had a Merry Christmas and Hapy New Year. I have never done that one word for the year thing, but I think I may have too this year, I have visited a few blogs this morning the general theme has been “deeper” I think that will be my word this year, deeper, go deeper in all things God.

    He has also been chasing me around these last few months to finish something I started a few months, fear has kept me from doing it, I guess the top of a brand new year is as good a time as any.

    Beautiful post Eileen, blessings to you.

  2. Jeremy Walker


    This is a great post, and a great word! Sometimes I think we can reach this point where it is just easier to not move forward…we find the effort and sacrifice too much. Thank you for reminding me that not finishing the course robs me of the beauty of tomorrow that God is offering…

  3. Janet

    Excellent word. My one word for 2012 is sow. As in “if you sow in tears you will reap in joy”. I’ll explain more as I think about it and pull all my thoughts together. There are also many ways to “plant seed” in this life. Today I signed up for a 3-month weight-loss challenge. And then I paid for another person so she could also join.

    I’m planting seeds – for my own health and for someone else. I’m sowing.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Janet, that’s a great word! And I love the direction you are going with it “sow in tears- reap in joy” so very true!

  4. Lisa

    Great word, Eileen. I want to keep moving forward to with God as I “Focus” on the things He has called me to do.

    Many blessings, sweet friend!

  5. LeeBird

    Did you know thename “LeeBird” means sidetracked in an ancient native language? Oh, how easily I get off track! I know I have to keep moving forward if I’m going to do well with my word: fitness. So thankful to have you on my team! Love you girl!

    1. Eileen Post author

      LOL, Lee! I always thought “Eileen” meant sidetracked. Maybe it’s LeeBird on the west coast and Eileen on the east coast! 😉

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