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  • Writer's pictureSam Hamstra


I ran across something called the "One Word Challenge" about 5 years ago & have been leaning into it ever since. The basic idea of the "One Word Challenge" is you ask yourself the at the end of this coming year where do I believe God wants me to be, & then come up with one word that speaks into that (see more at

After much prayer, I've landed on my word for 2021. My word for the year is....drum role please. AUTHENTIC!

If you know me, you know that I love Apple products. One of my favorite features on my macbook is this little button on the top right corner of the keyboard. I don't know what the proper term for it is, but I will call it a finger print reader. You enter your finger print into the system, and now when I go to certain webpages that I've visited before that require a password all I have to do is put my finger on that button & my fingerprint unlocks the page. It's a cool security feature because it only works with my authentic, one of a kind fingerprint. I believe it's the same thing in life; that God has put some things in you that only your unique finger print can open up.

I love what author Brenae Brown said about authenticity,

"Authenticity is letting go of who you think you should be and embracing who you are." ~ Brenae Brown

I believe the most powerful thing I can be, and you can be, this year is myself.

So that's my word for 2021...Authentic! What's yours?


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