It is that time of year again when everyone comes out with their list of New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year. I am no different. This year I have some things that I want to work on. Without further ado, my 2013 resolutions:
1) Read the Bible all the way through. Not much commentary here. I have always wanted to read the Bible from the first book to the very end and this year I think I will do it. Bible Gateway is a great source for reading plans and some can be found here: http://www.biblegateway.com I am going to follow my Church’s reading plan, which can be found here: http://www.wcoc-ohio.org/home.html
2) Fix my yard. We were blessed with a great back yard and I have simply ignored it. This year I will strive to make it a yard that my wife and I can be proud of. More importantly, I want it to be a yard that my kids can play in whenever they want. This year I am going to do that.
3) Budget Meetings. They are going to happen. My wife says so. Seriously though, this year I am going to try my best to be a better business partner. No questions asked.
4) Volunteer more. I think it is important that we give our time and talents to serve God. I know that I don’t do enough of that. This year our family has an incredible opportunity to worship once a month with the CUMO Church in Cincinnati. I am going to use that opportunity to teach my family what it means to service God and our fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ. As Joshua 24: 15 states:
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
5) Dream. I don’t dream enough. My wife always tells me what my dreams are and I never have an answer. This year I plan to dream…
6) Blog. I have neglected this space long enough. I am going to try to get on here daily. I get the Daily Post emails and don’t do anything with them. That is going to change. There is something about putting your thoughts down on paper (or the internets) that is appealing to me. Whether it be a simple quote I found that day, a picture of my family or a long post, I plan to blog more this year.
7) Read. Last year started off with my reading about 5 books, but then it tapered off. It had something to do with work and having a third child, but this year I plan to read. I will take suggestions for books.
8) Fix things. I have been in my house now for going on 7 years (I think). Everything is starting to break down. I need to fix them. I need to learn to be more handy.
9) Have fun. There are a lot of days that I come home and am so mentally exhausted that I simply want to relax. But I have learned recently that takes away precious time that I could be spending with my kids and with my wife. Since Christmas, we have played family games almost every night. I am getting really good at Princess Yahtzee and Scrabble Soup. More importantly though, my girls are having a blast and seeing their daddy in a different light. Also I think that it is time for more date night with the wife. In December we went on an alone/overnight trip with each other and it was a blast. Had a great time. We need more of that! It is important to have fun. I am going to do more of that this year.
10) Not worry. I am the worst at worrying. I do it all the time. This year I plan to live a life without worry because I know that God is with me. Matthew 6: 25-34 helps out a lot!
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
That is it for now. I may add things as year goes on but I think this is a pretty good start. At least I don’t have any lose weight/work out things included in the list!!