Saturday, January 20, 2007

New Year's resolutions

I almost never make New Years' resolutions, because like most people, I wont keep them. See, I don't even try, because I already know, that I won't keep them. But, this year I think will be different. I just got home from an inspiring meeting of sorts, that has got me a'thinkin. I've been asked what tangible things I can do (this year) to increase my relationship with God. I did a little reflection:
Earlier this week, Laura calls me at work to tell me that the dog had left diarrhea poop in several places around the house. She had the joy of cleaning it up, 'cause it was 7 in the morning, & I had to be at work. It was then that I had remembered that just the day before, on my way out the door, I had noticed a piece of bone (like from a chicken or something) on the back porch. I was late that morning, & felt I didn't have the time to clean up the trash that had been broken into. I also figured that it was right outside the doorwall, & Laura would see it and clean it up. As it turns out, the dog must have eaten the bone and gotten sick, therefore leaving the mess for Laura to clean. It was at this time, that I realized that it was all my fault. It was my fault Laura had to wake up to the smell of rotten dog poop on the carpet of her son's room. I guess you could say this was the final straw, and it was time to get my act together. I needed to turn over a new leaf. I needed a plan, and this meeting of sorts has given me a nudge. I wanted to get my plan down on "paper" so I can be held accountable later, when people have noticed that I'm not been doing my plan. So, here it is:

  1. Make a daily schedule. I need to get myself into the routine of helping out around the house, praying with my wife, & being with my children. In order to accomplish this, I need to schedule it.
  2. Going along with the schedule, I need to set aside some time to listen to the Word. I figure, if I'm not going to set aside the time to read the Bible, I can at least listen to it.
  3. Create a list weekly of people to pray for. It's not hard to think of people to pray for. But, when I sit down to pray, all those people seem to escape me. I also believe that making this weekly list, will "get my head in the game" if you will.
I am convinced that this small list will help me become a better person, dad, husband, & Christ follower. It may seem like a small start, but it's a start nonetheless.

1 comment:

Mike Iley said...

Mark,

I love hear people making goals. It's great your kicking yourself in the but t and making the change. Let me know how I can help or if you just want to pray together some time.

Love ya buddy.

Mike