Take a dare this New Year’s

I dare you to read this blog and then leave a comment below. You see, it’s New Year’s, which means it’s time to come up with this year’s resolutions. Did you know that surveys report that more than 40% of us make New Year’s resolutions each year and only 46% of us actually keep them for 6 months? I wonder how many of these people would document their resolutions by writing about them (in the comments below) or by telling someone else so they can be held accountable? That’s what we’re doing here today. We are committing to one another to be held accountable, and to hold one another accountable, to our New Year’s resolutions this year – even if only digitally. I wouldn’t dare to ask something of you that I wouldn’t ask of myself, so here we go…

For the past few years I’ve subscribed to the “one-word resolution”. As you likely know, the thought behind this is to choose one word that encompasses what you’d really like to accomplish or overcome in the coming year. I’m a less-is-more kind of girl, so this method appeals to me. To be honest, I probably subscribe to the one-word resolution movement because it’s simple to come up with and simple to remember for 6 months which, according to the quoted poll, is when my motivation likely expires. I am happy to report that my 2016 resolution word was of great benefit to me. It was the word TRUST – and God provided more lessons on this topic than I can even begin to share with you here. But suffice it to say, I am a work in progress and God did great work in me this year as I took the position of president of Body & Soul Fitness. He asks me to trust Him more and more each day, and never gives up on me. Just this week during a morning devotion time, Sarah Young in “Jesus Calling” wrote about the importance of consistently trusting in God. Not just in the midst of adversity, but also when life is flowing smoothly. As I turn the calendar page from 2016 to 2017, I am eager to join God’s mission and experience what’s next in His perfect plan. I recognize that it won’t always be easy, but I know the plan is good. My job is to consistently trust Him, and trust manifests itself in obedience, and obedience requires COURAGE. My word for 2017 is COURAGE, which is defined by Google as “acting in accordance with one’s beliefs”. I believe in God and in His plan for me, so this year I am going to be courageous, consistently trusting the One who loves me the most, and dare to let Him use me any way He chooses. So, I encourage you to share your one-word resolution here for all to read so we can hold each other accountable and perhaps be part of the 46%. Go ahead, I dare you.


Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, ACE (American Council on Exercise) Faculty member, wife of Steven, and mom to Jordan.

17 Comments on “Take a dare this New Year’s”

  1. Strong was my word for 2015, Freedom the word for 2016. I have been praying, search God’s word, and listening. I am working through fortitude and shine. I am mostly feeling God’s call on my heart and mind to have the fortitude to shine.????

  2. I love this Amy. I usually do a year verse and this year it’s Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him that is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine . .” The one word I would draw from this is AWE. I’m going to have no preconceptions about how God is going to work in some circumstances that are coming up this year. Instead I will just look for how He is working and be awed by Him. SOOO looking forward to being back at B&S. Happy New Year!

  3. I take your dare, because my word is “dare.” I want to take on the challenges God sets before and I want to dream bigger than I ever have before.

  4. BREATHE –
    The word, the song that is reverberating deep in my soul
    Breathe LIFE in and out
    Be present
    His peace that overcomes
    His rest to lay down what’s good and find what’s best – just BREATHE

  5. My word is INSPIRE- I know that God will inspire me to inspire others, as I serve as Spiritual Impact Director in Body & Soul, and as a writer and speaker, as He opens doors.!

  6. JOY – find joy in all circumstances

    (*Amy – I am also reading “Jesus Calling” and had underlined “consistently trust” as it jumped out at me! I need to work on my consistency as well!)

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