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One Word 2011: ENGAGE

My friend Alece is spearheading an idea on her blog called One Word 2011.

The concept is that rather than make all kinds of New Year’s resolutions that you probably won’t keep, to instead carefully and thoughtfully select “one word” to focus on for the year.  One Word that challenges you, inspires you, spurs you on, focuses you, stretches you… but just One Word.  You can read more of her thoughts about it on her blog and GritAndGlory.com.

While I know she’s done it before, to be perfectly honest, I don’t know if she came up with the idea herself, or if this is something people have been doing everywhere for years. But it is the first time I’ve ever heard of it.

The more I thought about it, if I were to have used One Word to describe 2010, it would have been: Awaken.

Awaken is a verb that means to rouse from sleep; cause to stop sleeping; make someone aware (of something) for the first time. In a number of ways, that is exactly what occurred in my life in 2010a great awakening from my soul’s sleep.

So, entering 2011, after some careful thought, prayer and consideration, my One Word for 2011 is…

ENGAGE

it is active, not passive
it is proactive, not reactive
it is passionate, not apathetic

ENGAGE is an action word, meaning to:

establish a meaningful contact or connection with
participate or become involved in
move into position so as to come into operation
cause someone to become involved
enter into conflict or combat with an adversary

Embracing last year’s awakening, building on the new foundation being laid in my life, in 2011 I want to…

ENGAGE the story God is writing with my life like never before
ENGAGE mentors and others to pour into me
ENGAGE those around me and challenge them to do the same
ENGAGE in more opportunities to pour my life out
ENGAGE a pursuit of justice, understanding great justice I have received
ENGAGE gifts, talents and abilities that have been lying dormant
ENGAGE my heart in the daily battle for its affections
ENGAGE those I lead, equipping and empowering them to be great
ENGAGE the communities I am part of to passionately invest in one another
ENGAGE my fears, insecurities and limitations
ENGAGE the Gospel that I have awoken to
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on [ENGAGE] to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. [Philippians 3:8-12]

That is what I want my 2011 to look like, and I’ll blog about how ENGAGE plays out as a central theme throughout the year.

I’m excited about this journey!

You can check out others’ #OneWord2011 posts here.

Do you have One Word for 2011?

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Grant JenkinsOne Word 2011: ENGAGE
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jeffgoins
jeffgoins

Great word! We need to engage over some coffee some time.

rkinnick59
rkinnick59

Thanks for sharing! Very powerful thoughts...and a challenge to me. Engage is a great focus...we actually have that as our ministry focus for the year. I read Alece's post as well and I think "Drive" will characterize my year...going to the next level. I appreciate the transparency of your writing. I know 2011 will be a great year for you!

Ayla
Ayla

What a great post, word, and blog! I think engage is an especially tough one because like you said in one of your comments we can become so complacent in our lives, so used to a daily routine that involves a select few people that we truly forget to engage others around us who desparately need that from us. God is going to use you in a mighty way brother! Look forward to reading more about your story over the next several days. God bless you :)

Prudence
Prudence

Engage is a great word. My word is grace. I really long to learn to have grace the way God does.

joelrockemann
joelrockemann

Grant - really like this post. "Engage" is such a great word that depicts someone jumping into the fray of a battle where he or she is needed. Not charging the field blindly/foolishly and dying quickly but instead listening to Jesus' counsel and fighting for your heart and for the hearts of those closest to you; those battling along side you. Lots of great things for me to apply to my own life in this post. Thanks and blessings in Christ!

-Joel

dubdynomite
dubdynomite

Great word and great post.

But, I can't see the word 'engage' without hearing Patrick Stewart saying it. Too much ST:TNG, I guess.

amandaleemiller
amandaleemiller

disclaimer* this is a really silly, pointless comment, but maybe also a little happy maker for me. it makes me happy that you are at number 33 on Alece's site. And Bcasher is at 133. The 33 stalker in me likes that. How is 4:17 treating you?

melissabeaver
melissabeaver

love it. that is something i need to work on as well!

JuliaKate
JuliaKate

the christian blogosphere is something quite unique. while we live our seperate lives, struggling, learning, sharing all along the journey, we are able to witness life interupted, shifted, and renewed time and time again. your journey has been one of my favourites.
Cheers to you friend, as you engage in that big ol' list you've got there! God is with you, of that there is no doubt:)

CMLudwick
CMLudwick

Thanks Grant. As I've told you many times before your transparency over the past year has allowed many lives to be transformed. Your embrace of that part of the story is going to do so much in and through you! Thankful to be a part of your story!

marniarnold
marniarnold

Awesome post! And the exact word I have resolved to focus on this year as well - well before I just read this posting! I sincerely believe 2011 is going to be a very active year for a lot of people!

MichaelPerkins
MichaelPerkins

Grant this hits hard. Real hard. It applies to so much man. Strong.

My word is "Story"

KabandaTrevor
KabandaTrevor

Definitely like this way of doing resolutions. Very neat! We will definitely need to catch up. Will be back in Nashville for good the 8th so let me know when you are free and we will meet up!

LarryHehn
LarryHehn

Great word, Grant, and well fleshed out. My word for 2011 is Vulnerability. Have a blessed new year!

jvana03
jvana03

I actually went actually took a different approach and came up with 3 Words for 2011 (I didn't come across One Word until after I came across the three words idea).

Mine are:
Courage
Trust
Grow

Tracee
Tracee

great word choice! a seriously active word. i will be interested to see how He engagesn you this year!

bajanpoet
bajanpoet

That's an awesome word, and an awesome website.... I pray that you get to engage in every area that you have indicated, and more!!!!!

Came over from your comment on my One Word post. I really enjoy the look and feel of your website and I'll be going exploring now :)

bahava
bahava

awesome word! love that it is so action oriented and intentional. sounds like you're going to have a great year!

TheresaTrotter
TheresaTrotter

I love your word!! What a great way to anticipate this coming year!.. I look forward to discovering your blog.

nicoleunice
nicoleunice

Grant, that is a very cool word and I love how you've laid out the definitions for yourself. It gives you such a measurable way to chart out your year and look for God in the midst of it. I'll definitely be following along! (and btw, the way you formatted your post is rad. Yep. I said RAD.)

ckroboth
ckroboth

Wonderful Word... May God Engage you also in ways you would not expect.

Peace

gritandglory
gritandglory

such a great post, grant. i love your word... and can't wait to watch how it shapes and defines your year. hope i get a chance to engage at cross point with you!

JasonWert
JasonWert

Interesting. I saw you post this via twitter earlier and my thought was "How can that guy get more engaged than he is already?" :)

amandaleemiller
amandaleemiller

Grant, love Alece's post and idea. And your word already fits you to a T!! I beleive my word for 2011 is INTENTENTION. I want to love, live, give, grow, do, all with intention. And folllow through. That's always the hard part. Love you buddy! You were a big part of my 2010 growth, can't wait to see what 2011 will bring!

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@joelrockemann Great observation, Joel. Engagement isn't a blid leap, but a calculated response to an opportunity. Thanks for stopping by!

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@JuliaKate you rock, my friend! I love how you also share your own story so bravely. I've been a horrible blog friend, but I'm going to engage more this year and be better. :) Thank you for the encouragement and kind words.

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@MichaelPerkins thanks so much, brother. Just watched your vlog about STORY. So awesome! You inspire me, dude.

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@LarryHehn Love vulnerability, Larry. I wish a lot more people would adopt that one!

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@jvana03 definitely. I'm not a good "resolution" guy, so when I heard about the One Word idea, I jumped at it.

jvana03
jvana03

@anidolheart Very true! I definitely like the One or Three word approach over coming up with a list of new years resolutions. It applies to every part of our lives, not just a few goals for certain things we want to work on.

BTW - great choice with Engage.

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@bajanpoet Thanks so much! I appreciate you clicking over and your kind words Hope you enjoy your time exploring here. :)

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@bahava Thanks! it's going to be an incredible year, I am sure of it!

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@JasonWert Haha. Touché. :) The temptation is to get comfortable and settle with whatever level of engagement I presently have. I cannot do that. There's always more. Thanks for the comment Jason, and thanks for all your encouragement and support on my blog throughout last year. I appreciate it.

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@amandaleemiller Definitely write a blog post about it. It's a great way to process it a little and share it with everyone else doing One Word 2011. I'll be looking for your post soon. :)

amandaleemiller
amandaleemiller

And blogging about it is a good idea! I'll chew on that for a while and let ya know!

amandaleemiller
amandaleemiller

yeah, I want to be REALLY intentional!! Maybe my first task it to hire an editor!

jgrantjenkins
jgrantjenkins moderator

@amandaleemiller Wow, INTENTENTION. That's like EXTRA Intention. :) I love it! Are you going to blog about it? Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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