Iâ€™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 itâ€™s always a good time to evaluate how Iâ€™m doing spiritually and take time to develop or affirm spiritual disciplines like reading the Bible on a daily basis. Something Iâ€™m committed to doing. If youâ€™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 consistentlyâ€¦ 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 Yearâ€™s resolutions is that they are not tangible. I believe goals should be specific, measurable, and attainable. The only time that doesnâ€™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 itâ€™s something Iâ€™ve done several times. I also want to not only take time to pray daily â€“ 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 donâ€™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.
Iâ€™ve been a yo-yo when it comes to taking care of myself â€“ 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. Itâ€™s also a stewardship issue for me, and I havenâ€™t been the best steward in this area. So youâ€™re my accountability partners.
Of course I did read that being overweight does lower my risk of death so maybeâ€¦. just kidding.
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 Iâ€™ll get to it once again.
I also want to read moreâ€¦ 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 Iâ€™ll read more with the Kindle app, etcâ€¦ I have it on my phone, but itâ€™s too small for my tastes). So Iâ€™ll start reading more fiction and nonfiction. My goal for this year is at least two books a month. Iâ€™d like to shoot for a book a week, but I also want to make sure this is attainable so Iâ€™ll start off here and see how it goes.
I could say I want to blog moreâ€¦ 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.
I could also resolve to do a backflip every dayâ€¦. Nah, but this guy accomplished it in 2012.
Whatever floats your boat I guess. What resolutions (goals) have you made?