I have a lot of hopes for 2009. Since we are officially acclimated to the New Year, I thought I would share some of my hopes and challenges I am sure I will fact this year:
With regards to my personal/physical state:
I want to be a lot healthier. I am not saying “lose weight” though that would probably become a natural reality if I were to care a lot more about how much I consume and what I consume on a daily basis. I think health is important – I only have one body – so I have come to realize all the more important eating better and watching how much I eat is for my health.
I also want to focus more on sleep and how much I attain. Right now, I probably receive between 6-7 hours of sleep a night. Though it isn’t horrible, I have noticed how much I struggle late in the afternoon – especially when I am at work – with co-workers and others. My attitude is greatly affected by it as well. Due to the responsibilities I have placed on myself, I still hope to receive a solid 9-10 hours a sleep a night. Those extra 2-3 hours could show itself to be just what I need in order to maintain a positive attitude – especially when it is most difficult.
With regards to my personal/spiritual state:
I want to make my relationship with God a lot stronger. I have seen over and over again how much I have become relaxed in important areas of my life. I could go through and name every one of my downfalls, but I feel that would only make me feel worse about it rather than be helpful. Needless to say, I could always spend more time with God – in His word and in worship – rather than doing mundane things that are quite simply just a waste of time.
So this month (January 2009), I am reading the book of Philippians over and over again. In the past two days, I have read through it or listened to it on a CD four times. Tonight I hope to read it through once or twice. After this week – the first week of January – I am going to take notes on what I am learning and hopefully apply principles to my personal life. It is a great book with a lot of stuff in it. Paul’s missionary letter to the Philippians is exactly what I need right now in my life.
I am also beginning to set aside a period of time for prayer. Not long – it is intended to be an opportunity to hear God’s voice and communicate with Him. As an aid, I am reading a book by Hudson Taylor and Thomas Merton. These guys understood prayer and have challenged me to be more about prayer. It’s a big deal.
With regards to my personal state:
I am going to work on being more positive with regards to myself. I am going to attempt to feel more confident in who God has made me to be and in whom I am. I think that’s really important. I don’t have the best self-esteem. In fact, my self-esteem is really lacking right now. Perhaps some of the above things, which have been listed, will aid as well in my personal view of myself.
For now, this is what I have to share. As the days and weeks progress, I will share more. Happy New Year.! This journey is challenging, but my redeemer lives. He is so good. Thanks for reading.