1. be writing
If there is one part of my work at proclaiming the Gospel that I like the least it would be writing. Once the words are inked to the page, that’s it! No tinkering with the prose, no slight shift in method or a second go round to make sure you are being clear. Last year I was able to complete a number of written projects and this year I want that to grow even more.
“But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.” Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NASB)
2. be flexible
Jill is enrolled at Tennessee Tech as lower division nursing student. (She expects to be enrolled in the nursing program in the spring of 2013) Over the years I have found a great advantage in my solid and steady schedule. I am learning to accomplish as much (or more) than before, but without the routine. It’s odd that I can spend the same effort and time on a project but when you shift around the schedule even a bit from what is comfortable it changes more than you thought it would. (sometimes in unexpected ways for the better) Learning to reach beyond that should leverage my productivity in a way to make her success and our families far less stressful.
I love that she has such amazing goals for herself and will do all I can to help her reach for them.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NASB)
3. be simple
Society is increasingly complex, full of messes of monumental proportion. In the midst of that doing more with less will be an uncommon choice. Given some of my other goals this might seem counterintuitive. I have slowly been inching this way in small bursts and hope to make this path full blown for the year.
“9 That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NASB)
4. be fit
“A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace. What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?” Ecclesiastes 3:8-9 (NASB)