Monday, January 3, 2011

In 2011 I want to be...

Yesterday at church we talked about setting resolutions for the new year. While resolutions are great, it's really important to establish what you want to BE before you establish what you want to DO.
Our pastor {Andy Stanley} told us about his 8 "to be" words. His words included things like honesty and generous. He said that no matter what decisions he has to make in life if it requires him to step outside of his 8 words he knows he shouldn't do it. No matter how much embarrassment it will cause him or how much of a financial burden it will be. So he encouraged us to go home and think about some "to be" words that we feel we want to live by.. I thought this was a really great idea--I've never really been one to make new year's resolutions, but this was something I really thought I could stick to.

So I came up with a few words that I would like "to be"...

1) Patient. I feel I am pretty good at this..most of the time..but there are times when I am super impatient and that's just not a very good quality to have. I made this list yesterday and I was immediately put to the test. Adam called and was super upset because someone stole his debit card number and spent $300.00 at a grocery store. He was immediately thinking the worst--that he wouldn't be able to get his money back--but I kept calm and was patient with him while I assured him the bank would give him his money back..he argued with me for a good 10 mins that they wouldn't {which they did this morning..ha!} It felt good that this word 'patient' was in the back of my mind the whole conversation because what I really wanted to say was something along the lines of WOULD YOU JUST SHUT THE HECK UP AND BELIEVE ME?!?! HA! Thank you patience.

2) Confident. I have a hard time doing things by myself. Even little things like running into Target. I am always concerned about what other people think of me while I'm in there. It seriously takes me about 3 days to work up the nerve to call someone that I don't know.. {my mom still has to make all my dr's/hair/anything appts..} But today my dad needed me to call my school because he had a question about my tuition. My immediate thought was 'Oh great..' but then I looked down and saw my list and picked up the phone and called without hesitation. It felt so great. This is probably no big deal to other people, but to me it was monumental. My parents still don't believe me that I actually called, haha.

3) Honest. I always try my best to be honest to people. Sometimes though I tell little while lies to avoid hurting people's feelings, but it usually just comes back to hurt me. I haven't really had any situations come up yet but I know I will be much more equipped to just tell the whole truth now that I have this word stored in my head.

4) Consistent. I am a huge procrastinator and I am awful at doing things on a consistent basis. I put this as one of my words because I do not want to be labeled as a lazy person. I want to be known as someone who always does their best work. Hopefully with me starting back to school on Thursday this word will help me out a lot.

5) Thorough. This kind of goes a long with being consistent, but I really want to try this year to make a stronger effort to finish what I start and finish it well. Yesterday I moved back to my apartment from my parent's house and for the first time ever I completely moved everything on the same day, organized my closet, did all of my laundry and completed everything that needed to be done. It felt so good to be so thorough. I really hope this shows in my school work this semester too!

So, those are my "to be" words for 2011. I really hope these words will stay in the back of my mind at all times and I will be able to achieve great things this year.

I really have a feeling this is going to be a great year for me
and I just want to do my best at all times :-)


  1. I love your "to be" words! I share several of those this year.

  2. This is such a neat idea! It is so important to reflect on what type of person you would like to be! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  3. Good luck with your resolutions! And I love the concept of the "to be" words!

  4. I love this idea! I went to Athens Church while I was at UGA, too. I miss it so much!

  5. Love this post! Sounds like a great message, Andy Stanley is a guest speaker at my church sometimes & he never disappoints!

  6. This is SUCH a great idea! I love the words you chose! I definitely am with you about feeling intimidated doing stuff alone...we can encourage each other with this!

  7. I love this! And so true that you have to be something before you can do.