Last year, I had a fair few resolutions. These involved:
Eating all the spreads in the cupboard. This was no mean feat, but I did pretty well at it. We get a fair number of things at Christmas time. Therefore, having done pretty well at it over the course of 11 and a half months, the cupboard is now chocker again.
Baking more, which has met with limited success. I have discovered a few lovely new recipes. Most notably, perhaps, the apple tart that Mary Berry taught me.
Running more. (In retrospect, this resolution may seem to be rather at odds with the previous two…) This started well, but then tailed off. It was supposed to be 100 miles in the 10 weeks of the first school term. I think I passed 50, but it became apparent that I wasn’t going to fit enough in in time.
Re-learning New Testament Greek. Completely failed on this one, but, having said that, I did look through a passage that I was doing for sermon club, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I remembered. It reassures me that it should be too arduous a task.
Blogging more. This has definitely happened, though tailed off recently. I’ve been blogging over at BigBible, which has been a challenge and a wonderful opportunity. In terms of personal blogs, I’ve blogged increasingly exclusively (is that even a phrase?!) on this blog, which means the others are languishing somewhat. This may be something I could address in the coming months.
Getting published. This has not happened, but I’m working on a couple of things which I should hopefully have done in the next month or two. This will involve writing letters to people and writing some of their thoughts and contributions into the book.
For this year, I think I’d probably be inclined to think in terms of discipline. I mentioned in last year’s resolutions blog that the main thing needed for my resolutions was time. And time is something I have plenty of (I reckon if Jesus had 24 hours in His days, and I have 24 hours in mine, I don’t have much of a ‘I don’t have the time’ sort of excuse…)
So, I want to make sure that I’m learning. This will mean reading the books that I have (oh yeah, that was one of last year’s resolutions too) and getting something from them. Tied in with this, I’d also like to blog more about said books. What I try to do when I’m reading a book to blog about is use the baby post-it notes to mark things that I find particularly helpful or challenging. This means that I don’t have to rely on notebooks (though this would allow for more detailed notes to be made!)
I need to make sure that I’m doing a better job of working on my sons’ spiritual development. There’s a lot of stuff available to support this, but the main thing needed is simply my own desire to help them to grow. We pray together daily, but I need to make sure we’re doing more than just that.
Working on hospitality. We love having people over, but could probably do more of this.
I also want to make sure I spend a good amount of time exploring options for the future. A couple of people have suggested ordination (in a thoughtful way, not simply as an off-the-cuff remark) and I want to give due consideration to this and other options.
There are about a bazillion other targets, but they’ll do for now for the public eye :)
What about you?
[this is part of my attempt to write 500 words a day this month, which is something that Jeff Goins has suggested]