Whether it's to lose weight, or work out, or get married, or make more money...etc., "the resolution" is the tool we use during this time every year to hold ourselves accountable. There is one problem though: Life. Life happens, and for one reason or another, we cannot accomplish our resolutions. So what typically happens is that by January 21st, while we meant well, our resolutions fall by the wayside. I am guilty of this, as I am sure many of you are as well. So this year, I am taking a different approach.
Rather than come up with super specific resolutions, I have come up with a list of 20 items/areas that I would like to work on for the following year. There are no specific goals with these target areas (i.e., losing 20lbs, getting married, making xx% more, etc.), nor are there specific deadlines (i.e., By summer, by start of school, etc.). Rather, these are just areas in my life that I want to address over the course of 2015...all of 2015.
So here is my list of "To Do's" (for lack of a better term) for 2015, in no particular order:
- Read more, and pray more
- Prioritize my marriage relationship and my wife more
- Watch less TV
- Be kinder, gentler, more patient, more grateful and more graceful
- Use social media less
- Get more rest/sleep
- Eat healthier food, eat less junk food
- Write and journal more
- Exercise more, work towards exercising daily
- Play with the kids more
- Sit less
- Be more active/engaged when I am home
- Be a better employee and servant
- Complain less
- Listen to more music
- Do more yard work and housework
- Listen better
- React slower
- Demand less
- Love more
“Israelis like a trained heifer treading out the grain—
an easy job she loves.
But I will put a heavy yoke on her tender neck.
I will force Judah to pull the plow
and Israel to break up the hard ground.
12 I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come
and shower righteousness upon you.’