One Word-2015

I long for a deeper understanding of God's love. How about you? via @blestbutstrestI adjusted my mask and dunked my head under the turbid water. The low-hanging clouds and wind-whipped white caps occluded the surface of the ocean, and I had no idea what I’d see when I dunked my head under. The previous days’ snorkeling trips had all started in crystal clear waters where I could see the fish darting around beneath me from the surface.

It’s so much easier to commit myself with snorkeling when I can catch of glimpse of what I’ll see. I don’t love swimming and I have a very healthy fear of the ocean (Pedro might call it an unhealthy fear). Snorkeling in a new place in water that didn’t reveal at least some of what lies beneath scared me.

Pedro waved from underwater, urging me to follow him through a gap in the coral reef, and I hesitantly followed. I’m glad I did. A beautiful vista spread out before us, full of bright coral and fish I had never seen before. I made my way around the edges, never too far from a place where I could stand up if I needed to, secretly glad that Pedro can’t SCUBA dive (the pressure in his ears won’t equalize). Occasionally we’d come to a cliff with darker blue beyond and water so deep I couldn’t see the bottom. I stayed away from those. They really scare me.

A lot of things scare me. Things I can’t control. Things with uncertain endings. Sharks. Car wrecks. Cliffs. Rejection. Commitments. I knew about the One Word movement last year when I dunked my head in the ocean and swam away from a perfectly stable shore to explore the unknown. In fact, a word popped into my mind as I swam and saw the amazing beauty of the underwater world.

Like Jonah, I pretty much ignored the word and the commitment for an entire year. I’ve grown a lot this year as a person, a parent, a writer, a teacher and a child of God. I’ve conquered my fear of blogging every day by participating in the #write31days challenge (and I actually wrote six days a week with two posts on Fridays).

This year, I’m ready to commit—and the same word weighs heavy on my heart. Deeper. I feel God calling me to go deeper—in his word, in my friendships, in my relationships and in whatever ways he will reveal himself to me. It won’t be easy, because I’m so content to sit on the shore and watch things, to observe from afar and never really get involved.

My word for 2015?  Deeper. via @blestbutstrest #onewordBut it’s time to stop acting like Jonah and answer God’s urging to go deeper. I don’t know how or where the word will lead me—but I trust the One who gave it to me. (tweet this)

What about you? Have you chosen a word for 2015?

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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Deeper…good word!

    Mine is Hirihokenten, which was the motto of Masashige Kusunoki, revered as an example of fealty in Japan. He took his own life after defeat at the Battle of the Minato River in 1366.

    Hirihokenten is the Japanese transliteration of a phrase coined by a Chinese philosopher, and means “it is important to consider debt, but considering death is unimportant”. In other words… life is about responsibility.

    My runner-up was “Dude!”

    Sounds flippant, but I don’t consider it that way. “Dude!” is an all-purpose greeting full of good cheere, accepting all as equals.One could do worse, bot in a word for the year, and in choosing a way to live.
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser recently posted…Married To An ExpertMy Profile

    • Wow, Andrew! That’s quite a lot of meaning packed into one word! May God be with you on your journey to understand the word you’ve chosen and to help you find how it impacts your life. (I like your runner-up word, too 😉 ).

  • The word that picked me this year is “Believe” … “Don’t be afraid; just believe …” (Luke 8:50) May we both be changed as we focus on the word that God brought to our attention in order to change us & grow us in Him. Blessings!
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    • I love your word, Joanne! I’m excited about where the word will lead me. May God work in and through us.

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  • I love snorkeling. You are making me wish I could go right now! I love your word. I think that was my word back in 2011, even though I didn’t have an official word for the year back then it was my focus and I will never forget what God spoke to me in that season. This is going to be a great year!
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    • I could use a week of snorkeling right about now–with the snow and cold outside and a stressful ‘vacation’ behind me ;). May God be with you this year as you continue to walk with him!

  • Anita, that is such a great word for 2015. My word puts knots in my stomach…but I think good knots…knots that will shape and form me even more as a beloved child of God!
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    • Thanks, Tara! I like your word, too :). Be courageous, God is always by your side!

  • When I went snorkeling I freaked out that I couldn’t touch the bottom. The second time we went I had a flotation device. I may not have needed it (maybe i did, I am not a strong swimmer), but the fear of not being able to touch down was gone and it was a much better experience.
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    • I’m glad you had fun your second time! It’s the only type of swimming I’ll voluntarily take part in ;).

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  • I love the one word idea. Your story of the plug into snorkeling was a good one too, I have only been snorkeling once, I was a kid, and I was so scared that I was shaking, and I wasn’t able to enjoy it at all. I wish you the best of luck with your commitment this year, and thank you for sharing this entry!

    • 🙂 It can be scary (swimming scares me), but I’ve learned that swimming and snorkeling are the only ways I can enjoy the wonders under the water! I now find it sort of relaxing (as long as the ocean is calm). Thank you for stopping by!

  • Anita,
    My word is “fear,” as in Fear the Lord. Revere the Lord. Look at his righteousness and set it as the standard I am directing myself to. Be awed by his love. Keep him topmost in my mind.
    Amy B recently posted…A Home for All My AnimalsMy Profile

    • That’s an awesome word! Fear is a many faceted word, isn’t it? May God be with you on your journey!

  • I love this beautiful description of snorkeling and fears, and your word (and its button) is perfect. I want it to be mine, too. It’s hard to go deeper, but when you do, you’re rewarded in ways you can’t imagine.

    • Thank you 🙂 Yes, it is hard to go deeper (but it’s always worth it!).

  • What a fantastic word, Anita! Praying for you this year, that you sense God’s gentle guidance to go deeper in your relationships, and especially with Him! (And btw, our fear of the deep, dark ocean is quite healthy, indeed!)

    • Oh, good! I’m glad I’m not the only one with healthy fears ;). Thank you for your prayers and your encouragement!

  • Great word! Everyone’s this year have been awesome!

    Thanks for linking up with us for Tuesday Talk! – Jess
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    • 🙂 I found your comment in my spam folder–Akismet works about 99% of the time–and then sometimes, it dumps a real live human being in the spam folder! Thanks for hosting the Tuesday Talk :).

  • Great word. I will pray for you that you fulfill your word this year. I have posted about mine as well. Thanks for the linkup too. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and linking up, Mary!

  • “Deeper” is a great word for the year – I appreciate you sharing your story, and wish you a wonderful 2015. 🙂
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Laurel! Thank you for your good wishes :).

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