So with so much failure with those resolutions, why make some for this year? I make new / old ones for a few reasons. The main one being that 2014 was so crazy and life-altering that I'm going to give myself a pass. I know I'm biased . . . But when I made my 2014 resolutions, I didn't know I'd be moving to a new church and new town in just three weeks. Like with anything else I do, I literally through most everything I had into Bell Street Church of God in 2014 from time to money. A year later, the Lord helped us complete 14 major renovation / remodel projects costing about $30,000. We didn't have to borrow a dime to do them either. We also had a major addition to the family in the birth of Charlee June Herrington in July of last year. A baby is a bundle of joy, but a baby is also a bundle period. Adjusting to a second child in the house while still adjusting to a new church, town, and home, while working 70+ hours most weeks will put a damper in anyone's plans. So that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Now I don't necessarily expect things to slow down in 2015. Those who know me know I like to keep something going at all time. I've got one life, one family, and one ministry. I want to experience them all to the fullest! So I am making some 2015 resolutions nine days late, but nevertheless, I'm making them. And let me remind the naysayers of resolution making who always like to opine every year to get over it. I hear your pseudo-psychological mumbo jumbo about living for every day instead of making resolutions you probably won't keep. I hear you when you say it's old-fashioned or pointless. I also hear you, Mr. Super Spiritual, saying that resolutions are of the devil . . . however that works. For me, my resolutions are goals and part of my own life vision. I'm a huge believer in vision. The Bible says without one, people die. And I plan to live as long as God lets me. So my resolutions are goals and objectives I hope to accomplish for myself this year. I may fail. I may succeed. But at least I tried. Your turn . . .
(1) Read 52 books in 2015 - I've had this same goal every year since 2011, and up until last year, I've either met it or moved past it. Last year, I ended with 36. This year, I want to get back to 52. I'll keep my mixture of Christian, history, and biography more than likely, and I plan to read the Bible through again in a different translation.
(2) Lose 30 lbs - Losing 30 lbs would put me under 200 lbs for the first time in 7 years. In 2013, I did see 197 lbs for about two days. (That counts though right??) Once we started pastoring, I've bounced between 200-240 with 240 happening in 2013 before I started running. I started the year at 226 lbs. With our current fast ongoing and a return to running, there's no reason why I can't achieve this goal in 2015. It'll take discipline, but it'll be worth it!
(3) Run 300 miles - As part of the weight loss campaign, I do want to get back to running. I was really doing good in 2013 before I re-injured my foot and ankle from a previous softball injury (that makes me sound tough in my mind). I ran my first 5K and ran 10 miles at one time. I averaged about 12-15 miles each week and had my times in the high 7 to low 8 minute mile range. I was really enjoying the exercise and the energy it gave me and I'm ready to feel that again. Running 300 miles this year won't be too bad. I'll probably start the end of this month into the first of February while the fast is ongoing. That would leave me to run an average of 7 miles a week, or roughly half of the pace I was on before. I got this!
(4) Write my first book - Third, um . . . fourth time's a charm? I really do want to write a book. I enjoy writing. I've got tons of ideas. I don't know if they'll be read or how good they'll be, but I want to write nonetheless so I can pass them down to my kids and grandkids one day. I also have a lot of ideas and vision stored up inside and eventually I'm going to start putting them on paper. I won't give up on this one no matter how many times I shoot for it and miss.
(5) Stick to our 5 Year Debt Plan - Having gotten settled in our new town and after having another child, we've been able to sit down and put together both a 5 year and a 10 year plan for our finances. The payoff of sticking to our plan for 10 years is the reward of hopefully building our own home just the way we want it. Sticking to our plan for our first 5 years means that when Charlee June goes to school and Billie begins working, (We've made the family decision for Billie to stay home with our kids before their school age. Not everyone can do that and we're blessed to be able to make that decision. You never get those years back, so we'll gladly push back our plans a few years to enjoy these precious years), the only debt we will have is some of her student loans and hopefully then upon her working, a new vehicle for her.
(6) Travel - I don't know how I'll fit this in and it more than likely won't happen like I want it to, but you got to shoot for something. I love to travel. I miss it terribly. A few years ago we went on our road trip to New England and we had a blast. I miss the feel of the open road and seeing new things. With mine and Billie's 10 year wedding anniversary coming in June, I'd love to hit the road again or possibly even take her on her must desired cruise. I guess we will see. We did get annual passes for Disney World this year for Christmas so I do know we'll be making a few trips to the Happiest Place on Earth. Let's hope we still call it that at the end of 2015!
So there you have it. I've got six resolutions. Six goals to shoot for in the new year. Above all, I'm praying for a happy and healthy new year with my family and church. I've got huge plans and big dreams for Bell Street Church of God and ministry in general. If I don't do any of my six resolutions this year, I hope it can be said at the end of this year that I loved my family with everything I had, that I did ministry for my Savior Jesus Christ with all that was in me, and that I was an example of Jesus Christ in my day to day life. Above all, those are what really matter.
Those are my goals. What's yours?