Four words for 2014

I don’t have a problem with making resolutions for the new year. There’s nothing wrong, in my opinion, with taking the opportunity of the newness of a new year to set milestones for self improvement.

While resolutions are good, I prefer to define my vision for my life for next year using a few words. Last year was defined by family, stability, and faith. I spent a lot of time with family and became the dad I should have been all along. I got a job that I love and we bought a home and we’re starting to put down roots here in this neighborhood. And I rediscovered my faith in a way I hadn’t experienced since high school.

I want 2014 to be defined by these four words:

Family - This will always top my list.

Health - The last two years have been rough on my body. Heart disease runs in my family and my unhealthy lifestyle is inviting an early departure. I want 2014 to be defined by a return to healthy living; maybe even racing again!

Ministry - I want to find my ministry sweet spot this year. It’s been a while since I’ve felt comfortable serving the church. I’ve always had opportunities to use my talents, but I haven’t had the chance yet to begin fulfilling my true ministry calling.

Learning - There’s a long list of things I want to learn more about this year. I want to learn how healthy, growing churches function from an operational perspective. I want to learn more about God and the Bible. And I want to learn JavaScript better in case my future pulls in that direction.

I just went for a run (only 2.5 miles) and it hurt like hell. I’m overweight and out of shape, which puts extra strain on my muscles, joints, tendons, cartilage, bones, and heart. Right now, my feet are hurting the most; mainly the arches. I’ve got a ways to go before the strength in my feet and the weight of the rest of my body are back in tune.

Although I regret letting myself get to this point, I’m glad it hurts. It’s supposed to hurt. The pain is a reminder that I have room to grow and improve, which is the fun part anyway.