Making New Years resolutions can be a dangerous thing. On the one hand, you don’t want to get into the habit of making resolutions and breaking them because doing so is like applying acid to your willpower. On the other hand, if you don’t break your resolutions you actually have to keep them .
Fully aware of both of these dangers I still feel compelled to offer up my 2012 New Years Resolutions with the intention of reviewing them at the end of the year as an integrity check to see how I did.
I. Resolved to Write a Lot More on the Blog in 2012
The last couple of months have been very quiet here at Shepherd’s Notes. I could give all kinds of reasons why that is so, but one way or another it all comes down to me not taking the time to write.
This is especially bad for me because for me writing is thinking, so in effect when I stop writing I stop thinking. Add to this the fact that I’ve stopped manuscripting my sermons and you’ll see that my writing/thinking is at an all time low.
So, in order to combat any further atrophying of my mind, I resolve myself to write much more frequently here at the blog. I can’t necessarily vouch for the quality of my writing, but I know that the only way to become a great writer is to become a prolific writer.
II. Resolved to Exercise at Least 30 minutes a Day in 2012
These next two resolutions are pretty much business standard for New Years Resolutions, but I have been recently convicted of my lack of stewardship with my body. To that end, I am resolving myself to exercising for 30 minutes a day. The video below was really instrumental in bringing me to this resolution.
III. Resolved to Eat Healthier in 2012
This is really just an extension of the resolution to exercise more, but several years ago I lost a lot of weight doing Weight Watchers and yet through a massive lack of discipline I’ve gained a good bit of it back. My hope is that through some basic diet and exercise I’ll be able to live a much healthier and energetic lifestyle.
IV. Resolved to Finish Calvin’s Institutes in 2012
I started reading The Institutes about 3 years ago and have made some progress through them, but it’s been very slow going with a lot of big breaks (like 9 months or more) in between. I’m about half way through now, so this is a very achievable goal for me this year.
V. Resolved to Keep up on my Journal
I’ve been trying to keep up on journaling for at least 10 years with a lot of starts and stops, but this year I hope to finally master the discipline. One of my primary motivations for this is that writing helps me to think, so writing about my day (journaling) helps me to process the day, think about what’s happened, and hopefully live a more thoughtful life.
Well, that’s about it for my 2012 resolutions. You should be seeing a lot more posts around here and hopefully a lot more improvement in my writing style.Share on Facebook