Christianity 201

January 11, 2011

What is your “Word” for 2011?

It’s been a busy couple of days, and I knew that if there was going to be a post here today at C201, it was going to be a repost from the blogosphere as opposed to an original piece.   But nothing was waiting in the wings.   As I scanned the list of some 300 blogs I monitor, I knew I had to turn to someone who would have something solid to say.

What about you? Are you someone that people know they can turn to for solid, Biblical counsel? Are you known as a person of spiritual depth? Each one of us building a reputation including a spiritual reputation…

…Well, with the awesome weight of that introduction on his shoulders, I now introduce the blog post where I ended up, Jon Swanson’s 300 Words a Day – Following Jesus for this post…

For the past three years, I have chosen three words to provide some direction. It has been a great exercise. And for the first two years, it was very helpful. This last year, however,  I realized that three words are two too many for me. I am too easily confused. I forget them. And, in retrospect, there was a gap between the three words – attuned, Jamaica, product – and what I my responsibilities are.

So for 2011 I have one word. Disciple.

Once, I defined a disciple as a person who chooses to allow the life and teaching of someone to shape his/her own life. People shaped by life-changing relationships. I’m still comfortable with that definition. And I know that I have written a lot about the disciples, about being a disciple or follower of Jesus.

What I’m wondering, though, as I begin this new year, is what would happen if I made disciple the centerpiece of what I do? What if I did everything I could to allow my life to be shaped by following Jesus? What if I spent my writing time and thinking time and teaching time helping myself and other people clearly and simply understand what following Jesus could and does look like?

Over the weekend, for example, I wrote two posts about how to follow better. (Here’s a one-page version of 8 ways to follow better.) What I realized (after the fact) is that those eight things would make great themes to explore this year. So I’ll be doing that. In as practical ways as I can. Because if we together  (assuming I can count on your interaction) were to put those eight processes into practice, this would be a remarkable year.

Disciple is, I know, both a noun and a verb. This year, I’ll work on both.

~Jon Swanson


I encourage you to follow Jon’s blog to see where these themes lead.  It’s currently one of only five devotional blogs listed here…

So what’s your word for 2011?

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