Thinking Back, Looking Forward to 2016

I’m always hesitant to come up with resolutions for a new year. I had been having a hard time figuring out why, until I read somewhere that for some people the word resolutions doesn’t carry any weight. I’m not sure why that is, but it sure rings true for me. Maybe it’s because I think to myself that I’ll never complete my resolution anyway, so why bother? Also, sometimes what is important to me now will not be as important as something else that comes up later on in the year.  So instead of resolutions, I have certain habits I want to form throughout this year.

I want to get into the habit of reading more. I want to read more of the Bible, read for pleasure, and read for knowledge. I’m not a naturally curious person, so this might take some effort for me. Reading more of the Bible will enhance my relationship with God and I need that all the time. Reading for pleasure will enhance my relationship with myself because it will give me time to de-stress. Reading for knowledge will enhance my relationship with others because it will give me constructive things to talk about with friends. There are many reasons to read more, but those are just a few of the ones that are important to me.

I want to get into the habit of being healthy. I’m not saying that I’m going to start getting ready to run a marathon. Or a half-marathon. Or a 5k even. I do want to make daily decisions that will lead to a healthier me, nothing too drastic. Things like drinking more water. Maybe eating a salad instead of going for that patty melt. Going for short walks in which I don’t end up in a classroom. I don’t need to go to the extreme to be fit at the moment. I just want to be healthy.

I want to get into the habit of writing more. I’m not talking about writing on the blog, although that does count. I’m highly inconsistent on that. I used to write poems every so often, but I haven’t written one in years. While I’ve been home I’ve come up with ideas for three or four. I finally managed to get one on paper yesterday. I had forgotten that it’s a nice creative outlet for me. So hopefully I’ll have a few poems to share with you throughout this year. I hope you’ll enjoy them! 😉

I want to get into the habit of being organized. I don’t function very well without a structured routine. While my class schedule gives me a pretty good one, I also want to be more organized in other areas. I want to make more of an effort to keep my dorm room neater. Organizing my class notes (need to take notes first!) better will help me study a little easier keeping my grades high as a result.

Last but not least, I want to get into the habit of having quiet time with God. I already mentioned I want to read more of the Bible. That’s great, but I can read the Bible anywhere. I even listen to it in my car sometimes when I’m on a long drive. But if I don’t take the time to think about what I’m reading and what it means for my life, I’m not going to get much out of it. If I don’t find the time to be able to pray, then the conversation is going to be pretty one-sided. Having the quiet time is to help my relationship with God grow. What better way to begin the new year than getting closer to God?

There are other habits that I want to form this year, but these are the main ones that I want to work on. I hope you chose resolutions or new habits to form this year that will help you grow. May God bless you in this new year. Let all that we do be to further His Kingdom!

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