January 1, 2014

New Year 2014

Happy New Year!

Quite a few years ago, I formally abstained from making new year resolutions and have done very well at keeping to my decision. At the same time, I do believe that a program of ongoing improvement is quite appropriate and that new things should be attempted on a regular basis to prevent life becoming stale. Not that life is in any danger of being boring as a pastor, but sometimes, when the same things come up again and again, it's nice to try something new.

Growth areas in 2013 were hampered a little by the arrival of Peter William. Babies are cute, but they are also time sinks. I did make the time, by getting up early, to get my bible read through. This was partly because I had encouraged the congregation to commit to reading through the bible and as the pastor, it would be wrong to not do it myself. But also because I needed to read through the bible as part of my process for apply for my next level of ministerial license. With all of my reading requirements taken care of, I then applied for my General ministerial license and was successful. Our organization has three levels of license and I had started at the bottom level and had sat there for six years. It was time for some action! I made a good start on my church website hosting business, but I still have a few tasks left before I can take on beta-testers. And I started my blog. I'm working on getting into a regular schedule of posting, but if you're reading this, then I must have managed to complete at least one post for the year!

For 2014, I have no resolutions, but I do have what I am calling Projects For Life. (I'll write about this concept soon.) These are big goals that may take me most of my life to complete. Not only am I alright with this, but I think that it's important to have big goals. Our lives are better spent working towards goals big enough that we need to grow as a person to achieve them.

So, here's wishing everyone a good new year and plenty of personal and spiritual growth!

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