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.

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Eric Chemi on the Alabama “mistake” that led to the Auburn loss:

Consider this grim reality: A college football player is far more likely to die in a game than ever see a missed field goal returned for a touchdown.

In numerical form, just how against-the-odds was that return? On the FG-try, Alabama was facing these odds:

• 36 percent chance of winning

• 64 percent chance of going to overtime

• 0.007 percent chance of losing

Bond, James Bond wins again.

Sometimes good decisions turn bad and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Generosity has inertia

Inertia is the resistance of any object to a change in its motion or direction. How does generosity have inertia?

Giving, especially giving sacrificially, is hard to start doing. We tend to think of our things as, well, ours. We earned it and we get to keep it. Other people didn’t earn it for us.

Giving that first dollar or that first hour to someone who needs help is tough because it goes against the grain of how we are wired. We’ve been trained to live in a mindset of scarcity, always assuming that what we have is not enough and certainly never thinking that we have some to spare for someone else.

But the amazing thing about being generous is that when you start, it’s hard to stop. It’s a snowball effect. That first dollar turns into ten dollars. That first hour turns into ten hours. And the dollars and the hours begin to feel bottomless.

Generosity gains momentum on its own. Put another way, being generous creates more generosity in you and in others.