Shane is an Iowa native, a follower of Jesus, a husband to Cheryl for 19 years, and a father of three teenagers. Shane and his family live in the Des Moines, IA area having moved back almost 10 years ago after living out of state for awhile in Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Indiana. Shane is […]
I’m not big on New Years resolutions, but it is a good time to evaluate how life is going and changes that could be made. For instance it’s always a good time to evaluate how I’m doing spiritually and take time to develop or affirm spiritual disciplines like reading the Bible on a daily basis. Something I’m committed to doing. If you’re not sure about what plan to use here are several options and I also recently over at Caffeinated Thoughts shared ten tips to consider as you read the Bible. Be sure to read the comments as there are some additional suggestions. I know this year I want to pray more frequently and consistently… this aspect of my walk with Christ has been a roller coaster for me and I want to see improvement this year.
One of the problems with New Year’s resolutions is that they are not tangible. I believe goals should be specific, measurable, and attainable. The only time that doesn’t fit is faith goals which I put in my prayer journal, not my to-do list.
This year I want to read through the Bible in a year, I missed it last year, but it’s something I’ve done several times. I also want to not only take time to pray daily – I couple that with reading my Bible, but also maintain an attitude of prayer (pray spontaneously throughout the day). One is easier to measure than the other. I also don’t want to become legalistic about this. I want to do this because I want to spend time with Jesus because I love Him not just something to check off my to do list.
I’ve been a yo-yo when it comes to taking care of myself – exercising daily, eating right, drinking enough water, and getting enough sleep. I had fallen out of some good habits, started to get it reestablished and then let life get in the way again. Now that the holidays are over I want to get those reestablished. Those of you who have known me for awhile knew that I had lost 80 lbs. I gained quite a bit back, and I want to get back to where I was mainly because I had more energy, I was healthier and I just felt better. It’s also a stewardship issue for me, and I haven’t been the best steward in this area. So you’re my accountability partners.
This year I want to on a weekly basis lift weights three times a week, have cardio exercise three days a week, and six days of the week eat smaller meals (5-6 times a day) with lean protein and a complex carb and vegetables at three of the meals. This is the Body for Life plan. It worked for me before so I’ll get to it once again.
I also want to read more… you may find that odd, but really I read more articles and blogs than I do books. I used to be a voracious reader and in some respects compared to others I probably still am, but not according to my standards. My work requires a lot of online reading, but I need to set aside time to read actual books you know where I have turn pages (unless I eventually get an iPad and then I’ll read more with the Kindle app, etc… I have it on my phone, but it’s too small for my tastes). So I’ll start reading more fiction and nonfiction. My goal for this year is at least two books a month. I’d like to shoot for a book a week, but I also want to make sure this is attainable so I’ll start off here and see how it goes.
I could say I want to blog more… Ha! I already blog quite a bit. I just need to be more organized about it. I do want to blog 4-5 times a week here. I also want to develop a content calendar to help keep myself organized and spark ideas about what to write on the various sites where I blog.
About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm. Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings. He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in. Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA. You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. More from this author.