My One Word for 2020 will be ……..?

Several years ago I read a book titled, One Word. It was written by my friends Dan Britton and Jimmy Page with help from well known author Jon Gordon. It is quite simple. It provides you a “how to” on how to boil the upcoming year into a One Word focus. You spend time thinking about where you are in your life and what One Word can help you become a better you in the coming year. If you have been a follower of my story here, you know 2019 was quite the year. If you are finding this blog for the first time, you can read previous posts here or go to to find out about my year dealing with Guillain Barre Syndrome. The journey I embarked on 10 months ago was one I never expected when I made the decision to choose Prayer for my One Word focus in 2019. I chose prayer because of my desire to be more diligent in my own prayer life. I wanted to trust God more and felt through an enhanced prayer life, i would draw closer to Him as I watched how my prayers would be answered for me and for the others who i committed to pray for regularly. Instead, through my illness, I learned that I was the one who would need everyone else’s prayers. I can’t even number how may folks lifted Dottie and me up not just once but over and over again. The bible says, “Make your requests know to God and you will experience a peace unknown to man” . It also says, “the prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail” . I am grateful for the multiple of people who have consistently prayed for me and my family from Day one and throughout my continued recovery. There is no doubt that it has given me the power and strength to prevail. My renewed health is an answer to those prayers and for that I am thankful. This thankfulness leads me back to what my One Word will be for 2020. and that word is……..

Generosity! It is my turn to give back. I look back and am astounded by how many people stepped up to care for the Guthrie crew. I have written about this in previous posts. The list of these acts of kindness have continued and are much appreciated. This year I want to be intentional in my generosity. True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. By its very definition, I want to be a someone who “shows a readiness to give more of something (like money or time) than is expected” like so many have done for me. My One Word is Generosity but I want my focus each day to be a commitment to RISE UP! It reminds and exhorts me to be Resolved Intentional Striving for Extraordinary things with Unbelievable/Unique Purpose/Passion

There is so much hurt and struggle in our world. So much of it makes no sense at all so we become discouraged and cave in to the thought process that there is nothing we can do. My hope is you will join me in Rising Up with a desire to make a difference in your part of the world. If 2019 taught me nothing else, it taught me one’s generosity can make a positive impact as time and time again, it sure impacted mine. Happy New Year everyone!

9 Replies to “My One Word for 2020 will be ……..?”

  1. This is a thing of beauty and strength to honor God above and to help our fellow human beings be careful stewards of each other and the planet.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Michael, and for the encouragement to me and countless others!

    1. I appreciate it Matt. So glad that I have been used by God to encourage. Please subscribe so you can receive emails when Impost. Please also forward the link to others who you think might be encouraged to read what I have written.

    2. Thank you Matt. Please subscribe so you can get email alerts when I post in the future. Please also forward to others who you think might be encouraged by the posts. Love to your sweet bride.

  3. Love your thoughts Michael and your one word for 2020 – it is a powerful thing to show generosity toward others. I know you have benefited from other’s generosity and get the impact it can have. I have experienced this as well and really connect with your thoughts and your grateful heart.
    Blessings to you, my friend, to Dottie, and the entire extended Guthrie family in 2020!

    1. Thank you Lee. Please subscribe so you can get email alerts when I post in the future. Please also forward to others who you think might be encouraged by the posts. Love to your sweet bride.

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