This is the best article I’ve read all week. I encourage you to read it as well.
That’s why you get married. That’s why God created marriage.
Here’s the problem—that’s not why most people get married.
At least, that’s not why I got married. I got married to be happy…”
The Promise you Can’t Keep in Marriage
Here I am over a week after our fast has ended and I’m bordering on breaking one of the resolutions that I spent so much time mulling over!
Now you might be saying, “Hey man, it’s February! You missed resolution picking by 30-some days.” You might be technically correct. However, knowing that January 17th is historically the point at which most people give up on their resolutions I decided to not even start mine until after that.
So here goes – The resolutions I planned while on my fast:
- Blog Related Goals
- Write a blog post every week. (starting this week)
- Redesign this site to be more reflective of the content and more reader friendly.
- I also want to get my readership up to 500 followers. Why 500 you say? Because I think I can do that in the next year.
- Personal Goals
- Stick to a monthly zero based budget. Spending within my means, Saving a lot, etc.
- Lose weight. Isn’t this always on the list? I think I can lose about 15-20% of my body weight so that is what I am committing to.
- Clean up and consolidate everything I own. Living minimally is my new mantra.
- Hobby Goals
- Program an app/webpage. This one has been hovering over me for a while and I think I know what I will be writing. Luckily it goes well with the class I am teaching.
- Learn the 25 most used chords on guitar and piano. Play 3 songs on each.
- Read 2 books a month. I have my entire library (Yes, I have that many books!) in a list already on the organization website I use. I just need to put them in some sort of order of how I want to read them.
- Complete a Half Ironman and possibly a marathon. I almost did a Half Iron once and this is the year I am going to succeed.
And last, but certainly not least
- Spiritual and Relationship Goals
- Spend time reading the Bible every day. Maybe 10 minutes, maybe an hour. I’m not shooting to speed read through it, but at least a couple chapters a day.
- Tithe! Almost every Sunday I get to church and realize that I never stopped at the ATM. This is the year I change that.
- Practice regular prayer. I don’t spend enough time thanking God for everything I am blessed with.
- Work on being a leader for my (soon-to-be) wife and a role model for all those around me.
- Start fostering friendships with other men so that I can learn how they treat their wives, how they do their jobs, and how they live their lives. Plus, I need more accountability in my life.
So there they are, all the goals I see fit to post on here. I know I can’t measure all of them so that makes my “successfulness” metric pretty subjective. But, if nothing else, I have a goal to keep my eyes on. I’m hoping you all will help me stick to them and that I will be able to post positive updates on them soon.
Now an update on the fast –
I find it amazing how clean I felt the days near the end and right after the fast. We did not spend as much time reading our devotional or praying as I would have liked, but I still spent a lot of time in thoughtful introspection. I may not have been speaking to God, but he was speaking to me. Through the time spent preparing my meals to the quiet time I spent before getting ready to start my day or going to bed.
As you can see in the list of goals above I found a lot of things that I can improve on and I plan to do just that this year. My fast directed me and focused me better than I have been in a long time. Already this year I have started working on many of my goals, not the least of which is feeling the presence of the Lord in my daily life and I couldn’t be happier.
I hope you are off to a great start to your resolutions for the year and I hope you will share this post and blog with your friends.