2011: my goals. my hopes. my dreams.
I watched as people posted status after status on facebook and wrote notes containing their “New Years’ resolutions” — and I think that’s great that people have things they want to accomplish this year.
However, for myself, I have always found “resolutions” to be a waste of time. People have good intentions of bringing those ideas to pass, but rarely are things completed.
“Resolution” is supposed to have the outcome of “resolving” something. What does “resolve” even mean? I looked it up for clarification:
“Resolve” (verb) –
1. to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something):
2. to settle, determine, or state formally in a vote or resolution, as of a deliberative assembly.
3. to deal with (a question, a matter of uncertainty, etc.) conclusively; settle; solve:
4. to clear away or dispel (doubts, fears, etc.); answer.
I find it interesting that “resolve” is a verb. Verbs show action – they are the part of a sentence that shows what the subject is doing. So, in order to actually be successful in accomplishing your “New Years’ resolutions” you have to actually take action. Simply talking about it will not get the job done.
Anyways, like I said, I have always found “resolutions” to be nothing more than a waste of time for me. I never really had the determination or willpower to actually follow-through with them. To me, they were more like a bunch of rules that were made to be broken. You could call it laziness, I suppose – and you’d probably be right on target.
Instead, I make goals for myself – I have always done well with goals. I like challenges, and I like to be a challenge… something you have to work for in order to obtain. Yeah, I like that.
Let me share my “New Years’ Goals” for 2011 with you (or at least some of them):
1. Grow the roots of my faith even deeper in Christ. This can only happen by constantly and consistently being in His Word. How can you learn about something or grow closer to someone without spending time with them, or without talking with them? You can’t, and the same holds true with my relationship with Christ.
2. Eat healthier, work out and get back in shape, and drop about 15 to 20 pounds. Please, folks, do not gasp and yell and get dramatic on me. If losing 20 pounds would kill me (or worse, cause me to become anorexic) I wouldn’t do it. Although, once I have my surgery and those crazy tumors are removed – I should only have about another 10 pounds to go! *I kid, I kid* 🙂
3. Stop drinking pop (soda, coke, pepsi, whatever you want to call it). Although, I usually only drink diet pop, it’s still not really any better for you. I just need to cut myself off from it – I will be the better for it, I’m sure.
4. Learn to play the guitar. I should add a “finally” to the end of that, but I’ll refrain for now. I’ve had my guitar for several years now, but I have yet to learn how to play. I tried to teach myself once before, but –alas!– I was holding the guitar upside-down. *sigh*
5. Read at least 12 books (other than the Bible). Some of the books on my list are:
- Crazy Love (Francis Chan)
- Forgotten God (Francis Chan)
- Radical (David Platt)
- Scandalous (D. A. Carson)
- Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom (Dawn Herzog Jewell)
- Washed and Waiting (Wesley Hill)
- The Unlikely Disciple (Kevin Roose)
- Confessions of a Prayer Slacker (Diane Moody)
- Relearning Jesus (Matthew Paul Turner)
- Sun Stand Still (Steven Furtick)
- The Christian Atheist (Craig Groeschel)
- When Christians Get It Wrong (Adam Hamilton)
- Just Do Something (Kevin DeYoung)
- Dug Down Deep (Joshua Harris)
I don’t necessarily intend to read the books in the order listed above.
Has anyone read any of those books? Can you share some of your thoughts about them with me and give me an idea of what I’m in for?
6. Write at least 3 songs (and maybe even sing them at church). I used to write poetry and music all the time, but I haven’t done a lot of it over the past couple of years. You know what they say: “Use it or lose it.”
Hmmm… I know there was at least one more, but I can’t remember what it is at the moment. Check back later tonight for the final one… or two. 🙂 Oh yes… now I remember! I’d like to write a children’s book this year – pictures and all (either draw the pictures myself, or have someone else draw them).
Share some of your Goals & Objectives for the New Year below!