… and I don’t feel any different.”
Death Cab for Cutie
Often when I’m hiking, I can only see where the trail leads for the next several yards. The surrounding landscape dictates how much is in view. The rise or fall of the terrain. The trees or rocks around me. But occasionally, I’ll get to a place where everything opens up for a moment and I’m able to see the trail for a mile or more. Those times can be especially helpful. It is nice to know that I’m still moving in the right direction, and to see where I’m heading and what is involved in getting there.
This also describes how I feel at the beginning each new year. Lots of the year, it feels like I have my head down and am simply plodding forward. One day after the other. But the rolling of the calendar from December to January provides an opportunity for me to mentally picture the year stretching out before me and envision what a new year might hold for me, my family, and the people I know and love.
Honestly, it is difficult to really know what the year has in store. But Lord willing, there are a few things that I (and in some cases my family) will endeavor to accomplish in 2011. I’m taking the liberty to share a few in the hopes that if I say it “out loud” that I’ll be more accountable to actually stay the course.
1) Bible Reading
Many started 2010 with the goal of reading the whole Bible through, and there were some who actually made it to the finish line. It was a discipline and there were many a day that both for me and my friends it was simply a matter of churning through the chapters. That being the case, the benefits of actually reading the entire Bible are hard to quantify, but they were numerous. I’ll try to remember to come back to explaining them in future posts.
Anyway, I’m planning on doing it again. I’m using a slightly different plan this year, and the reading will be delivered to my Google Reader via this little link.
2) Scripture Memory
Most everyone who did the Bible in a Year plan with me shared that they missed lingering in the Scripture. Being given the luxury of time to dwell on a section, chapter, or book. I felt that at times too, so I’ll be camping out in Philippians this year. So much so that with any luck, the family and I hope to commit the entire book to memory. The inspiration for this came from here. I favor the NIV (2010), so I adapted it some.
I’ll keep you posted.
3) Praying for the World
Yup, that’s right… the World! After reading Radical, this was one tangible thing that I felt like I could do. Plus, it is a great way for my family to learn the names of countries and little bit about them. We’re using Patrick Johnstone’s Operation World as our guide.
While any of these would be monumental accomplishments on my part, these are just a few of the things I’m hoping to see happen in 2011. There are many other hopes and dreams that I have for the year ahead, but they are the among the vast realm of things that I’m less willing to share in this venue. Who knows? Maybe a few of them will find their way onto here.
Stay tuned and Happy New Year!