It’s been a while since I write “formal” resolutions. A while back I wrote here about why I don’t really do them any more. This doesn’t mean I have no plans or goals for the year. This year I created some “simple resolutions” that for the most part are already part of my life. I want to improve incrementally in these areas. I haven’t yet specified the specific increments but I will do that on paper.
Follow Jesus Closely. This sounds vague. The idea is to be close to him by seeking Him through prayer and His Word. I want to learn to be like him by reading the Gospels (I am reading them in a chronological Bible). I want to be obedient to Him. This is my foremost priority above others.
Read more (with this comes buying more books). There is always room for improvement here. I have a fairly good amount of new books (you can see the books I am reading in Goodreads) to read (including in Spanish). I will vary the genre (biography, theology, culture, church ministry, fiction), but will mostly be non-fiction. I am also doing more audio books (currently listening to Les Miserables through libriVox. I enjoy the different voices of readers.)
Pray more. Purposely pray more during the day (I already spend early morning for prayer). Prayer’s ultimately goal is to know the Lord and this is the purpose of increasing time. I have been using Prayermate for a number of years and I have customized it by adding Psalms, Proverbs, Mark and other prayers. I also use other resources like Be Thou My Vision.
Keep running. I’ve been doing this for a long time, maybe 10. years. I run six days a week for 30- 40 mins. I plan on keeping this. This is important to maintain my body healthy.
Have fun. There are things that are enjoy doing that are fun (reading, relaxing, listening to music, dancing, joking, running, taking pictures, biking). I will keep this in mind and be intentional in having these times both by myself, with family and others.
Spend time with friends. Time spent with those we consider our friends is a good investment. I want to be more intentional in spending time with them. I don’t have many close friends but nevertheless, there are people in my life I want to get to know more by spending time with them.
Cherish family. I want to cherish my family by valuing them in ways they feel valued. This starts with my wife and children. I know already that I will be traveling more to see them this year.
Work diligently. Diligence is a virtue that requires more than just working hard. It requires dedication and intentional focus. My job is working with people so it requires patience as well.
Eat less, eat healthier. I don’t think I eat too much but I want to develop a habit of eating less even if I can eat more. I also want to be intentional to eat healthier. There are things I know I need to eat more and eat less.
Journal/Keep track with pictures. I have been using Day One for a few years now and have upgraded to the Premium level. I often put pictures in my entries. When I write in my journal notebook, I put a picture in it. At the end of the book I save a pdf version of it.
Keep trucking. I have no idea why I wrote this. I just thought it sounded good.