January 8, 2014

New Year’s Resolu… Goals

I never have been much on New Year’s Resolutions. Not that I think they are wicked, evil, or legalistic (though they could be), but mainly because I stink at keeping them. Then I feel all guilty and stuff. Okay, so maybe I do see them as legalistic… for me anyway. So, at the risk of sounding like I’m jumping on the blogosphere resolution bandwagon, I offer this post for your consideration.

God is outside of time. He is not limited to or bound by days, weeks, years, etc. We are! And though I believe life is marked more by stages or seasons than years, the start of a new year does offer a natural break for us. It offers us a chance to reflect and think deeply about our life, goals, accomplishments, and failures in our walk with Christ, family life, vocation, church, and more.

I would urge you in the next few weeks to begin to think about the past year or season of life, see where God’s Word, His Spirit, and good old common sense would have you make some changes for His glory. Then, make some Spirit-empowered goals, not hard-core resolutions (i.e. “By God’s grace I will try to ____” versus “I resolve to always _____ and never _____ again.”). Try to go beyond, but not neglect, the surface level issues. Dig down deep, asking God how you can, in His strength, fight the hidden issues of the heart as you also wage war on the surface/practical issues.

Since I usually struggle a lot in the areas of busyness and technology, I have read several books on those topics. Below is a list of books that would be beneficial to you if you happen to struggle in these areas. There are probably others that are very helpful, these are just the ones I have read and would recommend–in order.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung (very short, lightly theological, more practical application)

The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies (longer, more theological, practical application)

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nick Carr (historical, scientific, philosophical, some application)

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman (historical, philosophical)

And if you are looking to read a few more books as well as be a better book reader, I highly recommend Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke!

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