2013: The Year of Better

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Today is the last day of 2012, and it marks my last blog post for the year. I struggled for a while to come up with the right topic for this one. My first draft was a recap of 2012…all of the highs and lows of my year. I quickly scrapped that because, in the words of the wise Rafiki from The Lion King,

It doesn’t matter. It’s in the past.

So I chose to let 2012 stay in the past and instead look ahead to 2013 & the future.

I’m  dubbing my 2013 “The Year of Better“. I’m not making resolutions…I don’t believe in them. Instead, I’m setting goals and making some important commitments to be a better me. What will that look like?

  • Be a better Christ follower
  • Be a better dad
  • Be a better friend
  • Be a better brother
  • Be a better employee
  • Be a better leader
  • Take better care of myself (body, mind & spirit)
  • Be better at being second

There are many changes that I need to make in the upcoming year to achieve my goals. I am determined to make them happen. For too many years I’ve done the same old things over and over. I don’t want to just be mediocre any more. I want to be better, and that starts with being second.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 6 to seek His kingdom first. If I achieve the goal of being second, then I’ll be a better Christ follower, and all the other goals will be easier to accomplish. I’m not saying it will be easy. On the contrary! I think this may be a very challenging year for me. Being a faithful Christ follower will bring challenges. I’m expecting them to come, but I’m ready. If 2012 taught me anything it was new ways of facing struggles. I’ve learned a lot over the last year and enter 2013 with a new perspective on trials and struggles. I know they will come, but in the words of Paul…

I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

I invite you to follow along with me in 2013 via this blog. I hope to give you regular updates on how I’m doing with my Year of Better. I also would like to hear from my readers about your plans & goals for the upcoming new year.

Will you make 2013 your Year of Better?

If so, how?

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