New Year’s resolutions are overrated.

Sorry for the rain if you’re in the parade, but here’s the deal: if we’re all so resolute about our resolutions, the gym wouldn’t thin out by February. And why January 1? If it is important enough to resolve to do it, shouldn’t the resolution be established before January 1? Like when the conviction initially hits? When I started Seven4Seven back in November (a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year project. Try it. You’ll like it.), a couple people said I should wait for January 1 and make it a New Year’s thing. My thought: If it’s important, why put it off for two months? Seems to me the hype of New Year’s is a breeding ground for well-intentioned efforts that don’t pan out, whether it’s due to fizzling resolve or unexpected interruptions. I’d rather do something and finish, even if it means starting in November.

Okay, in spite of my disdain for New Year’s Resolutions, I totally agree that goals are a good idea, regardless of the month or date. It’s healthy to figure out what you want life to look like and develop a plan to get there.

Sooooooooo, in an effort to play well with others, I’ve put together my personal list of 2009 New Year’s resolutions intentions. Barring any unforeseen interruptions, these will be my focus for the following 12 months:

  1. Pray more, worry less
  2. Go on another mission trip. Or two. Or twelve.
  3. Train and race in another half marathon and/or triathlon
  4. Submit the stuff I write. Imagine that.
  5. Pray more, worry less (did I say that already?)
  6. Buy less stuff, dang it
  7. Finish reading the Book
  8. Give my job 110%
  9. Give the people in my life 150%
  10. Allow grace and forgiveness to trump (this is SO much tougher than all the rest. Seriously.)

Your turn: What’s YOUR 2009 going to look like?

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