“One Word Power”

Last Sunday morning I spoke about the “Power of One Word.”  This did not originate with me, but came to my attention from a devotional reader.  Amy Lawrence is a sportscaster on CBS Sports and the information sent me told her story.  I was immediately intrigued when I saw her name as I met Amy a few years back when she was working with ESPN.  She is the best friend of my daughter-in-law who introduced us and I enjoyed talking sports with her very much regarding various teams and famous individual athletes.  By the way, she can be heard on CBS Radio, 92.9 (Atlanta) Sunday through Thursday from 2:00am to 6:00am.   Her show is for night owls or early risers (unless you live another part of the country) and she has a blog called, “Play By Play – Day By Day”.


Meeting Amy, then reading her blogs reminded me of another deep impression I had of her.  That was her love for Jesus Christ.  She has a position among the list of Most popular Radio host and in 2015 was listed as one of talk radio’s 100 “Most Important” hosts!  I’ve already mentioned her love for the Lord.  She has the unique ability to intertwine her faith in God with the sporting news of the day.  I noticed many had responded to a certain blog thanking her for the encouragement and hope she provided them during personal crisis.  There was a sense this is a normal occurrence from her blogs and show.  But here’s what I want to share with you.  We all are aware of New Year’s Resolutions made at the beginning of every year.  We also know that by the end of the first week most have forgotten their resolution. 


Amy, along with friends Dan Britton and Jimmy Page wrote a book entitled, “One Word that Will Change Your Life.”  Several years back, Amy learned the concept of “One Word” from Dan and Jimmy.  She was inspired by them and decided to stop making New Year’s Resolutions and began to pick “One Word” for the upcoming year.  No resolutions.  No goals … just “One Word” that gives meaning, mission, passion and purpose.  “One Word that will help me be my best,” says Amy.  Some of her words were, Purpose, surrender, serve, pray, forgive and others.  As I shared this with my congregation Sunday, I had prayed it would be received well.  I definitely had been inspired by having “One” single Word for a year as personal inspiration and motivation.  Monday and Tuesday emails and texts starting coming in with individuals sharing their “Word” for the year.  Some shared how they came up with it and how they believed it would help them.  If you don’t like New Year’s Resolutions, think about adopting “One Word” for 2020.  Should it be something you’d like to share, please feel free to hit the “reply” button or send to gcarnes@mariettanaz.com.  I’d love hearing from you and learn your “One Word.”


Pastor Carnes