Just for the record, I’m not a “resolution” guy. In fact I’ve taught a number of Bible studies on what Jesus thinks about making “vows,” which is a type of resolution. This year seems to be different to me. God seems to have me on the edge regarding a few things. Being “on the edge” is not all bad; better to be on the edge than over it.
2010 seems to be a year in which a few large accomplishments should be realized, and other long-overdue commitments should be made. If I make them public, I’m more likely to hold myself accountable for reaching these goals. Feel free to hold me accountable in your own generous way. So what’s on the plate for 2010? Here it is, in order of least important to most:
1. Complete a full marathon
One day I’m going to be too old and/or broken down to achieve this. Since I (hopefully) still can, this is the year. Less than 1% of all people can say they have completed a marathon. As of mid-February, I intend to be one of them.
2. Complete my Master of Arts degree
Yes, I’ve been working on this since 2000. I have also worked full time, been a father and husband, and been on the staff of three churches. The kids are out of the house (college breaks excepted), and I’m not serving a church at this time. So 2010 is the year to complete my degree in Christian Philosophy and Apologetics. Four more courses!
3. Develop writing/blogging/speaking/website design/internet marketing into a career
Sure, this may take more than a year to work into a full time career. But 2010 is the year I begin down that path. I enjoy these activities and have toyed around with them for a while. Now it’s time to get serious.
4. Greater family communication/involvement
Ok, true confessions: I’ve been a lousy son and brother. Yes, we are all spread out across the US and the world. But come on, I’m attached to my Blackberry and yet fail miserably at staying intimately involved with my family. Why? I lack the discipline to make them a priority and force myself to set aside regular time to communicate and stay connected. No more excuses in 2010.
5. Celebrate our Silver Anniversary.
It’s hard to believe that in August Dee and I will have been married for 25 years. Life is busy and time just wizzes by. One person has born the burden of my adult up’ s and down’s (more down’s than up’s), and that’s Dee. She’s been a great partner in life and a great mother to Billy and Jessie. I’m not sure how to properly reward her for her faithfulness and love, but 2010 is the year I make a serious effort.
You can add your suggestions, comments, and encouragements. If you have anniversay ideas, I’m open. Time to get to work!