2009 New Things To Try.

As 2009 looks us square in the face, I have decided to committ myself to a string of new things to try this year. Things to cut out of my life. Disciplines to strengthen myself with. New ways to explore and uncover the great vastness of who God is. And who He created me to be. I’m sure some of these ideas, hopes, and motives will never come to fruition…well…because let’s face it. Sometimes I can be mayor of Procrastinationville.

But I’m going to put these notions down on paper. Or rather pixel space. And try my best to accomplish them in the 09. We’ll look back at the start of twenty-ten and see how well I did!

1. La Biblia. The Word. The Bible. Lord, please help, guide, encourage, push, challenge, and motivate me in whatever ways You see fit to commune and learn from Your word more this year. I’m sorry that I have put Your voice to me in the coat closet. I would love to change that this year.

2. TV. I’m committing myself to watch less TV. Not that I watch a ton, but I feel like it’s mostly a waste of my time when I could be living life and spending more productive time with my family. (This of course excludes LOST.)

3. The Great Outdoors. I want to be outside more this year. Breathing in God’s creation. Whether that be simply taking an evening stroll with my family or driving to new fantastic places with the windows all the way down. Or sitting outside some little street cafe with my dog Audio and some tea just watching people. Heck maybe, I’ll even go fishing.

4. Crafting the artistic side of me. I’m taking time this year to hone my photography skills and make myself a better musician.

5. Fellowship. In 2009 I’m going to commit to building and fostering deeper relationships with my friends and colleagues.

6. Leadership. I know that God instilled me with some leadership qualities. I’m praying that He would help me to find ways to develop these more this year and place great leaders and mentors in my life to glean off of.

7. Read. Read. Read. This is a big one. I’m disciplining myself to read WAY more. And not just the typical Christian spiritual life books either. Not that those are bad, but I want to get lost in some great fiction as well.

8. Debt Detonation. I’m charging hard this year to get rid of our household debt, Dave Ramsey style.

These ideas are really important to me so if you’re a friend that does everyday life with me please keep me accountable!

What are some resolutions that you are taking on in 2009?

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3 Comments

  1. I am generally okay with New Years Resolutions, and this year I only have one, from a quote I read in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, it read: “Anyone who can wake up before the sun rises 360 days of the year cannot help but make his family wealthy”

  2. No kidding, I was reading this and thinking, wow, those are exactly what I would have written down for this year if I was being introspective enough this weekend. I mean exactly – I’ve already made a copy to work off of. Good thinkin’! I’ll keep these in mind so I can ask you about them later and vice versa!

  3. So you’re doing Dave Ramsey, we’re doing Dave Ramsey, we’re gonna practically be neighbors in two weeks… I’d say we have a good accountability situation set up here 🙂

    Great resolutions, Jay. I’ve been in such a whirlwind this past month that I haven’t even thought of any. Even so, I’m off to a good start in spite of all that, since I feel like I’m rediscovering God in small yet profound ways, and that’s really more than I could ask for right now.


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