I looked through some stuff from the past few years. I’m trying to examine my life to ensure that yes, it is worth living (and it certainly is). Through the years, God has blessed, empowered, encouraged, strengthened. I am happy and thankful to be a husband, a dad, some guy, and a pastor. I am especially thankful to know Jesus, who gives me purpose, meaning, and joy through my identity in His death and resurrection. I am His, bought with a price, saved from darkness and living new, though not perfect, loved anyway.
As I read through stuff from the past few years — blog posts, journal entries, calendars — I see a recurring set of goals that are never quite achieved. The book I was supposed to have done by 2012. The deeper relationship with the Lord. The personal health targets. Etc. Close, but not.
I’ve read a bit over the last year about how habits work and have become more interested in the structure of spiritual disciplines, especially now that I’m 35. Recurring goals + recurring not reaching those goals is enough to drive me crazy. So, on this day 1, I resolve to mark 2015 as the year that I:
– Spend 60 minutes in daily prayer.
– Spend 60 minutes in daily exercise.
– Spend 60 minutes daily writing. (is that syntax correct? not off to a good start!)
I call it 360. These disciplines build off of each other. Daily prayer means that my heart is set right, calmed before the Lord and ready to hear each step. Daily exercise means that my energy is well managed and that I’m able to make the most of the time God has given me here, especially to serve my family. Daily writing means that I know what I think and can clearly express it as needed in the areas I’ve been entrusted to lead.
There we go. I’ve made it public. Ask me about my 360 and I’ll tell you the truth. I’m 2/3 done for the day already, by the bye.