new year commitments

As I’m typing this, I’m sitting on my couch, trying to work on my final sermon at Stone Church this Sunday, January 3. With all of the craziness of the past few days, I’ve hardly had a chance to reflect on Christmas, let alone evaluate 2009 or really give any thought to 2010. The last couple of weeks have been a blur of activity. Parties, family, get-togethers, saying goodbyes have all been a part of the busyness. I’m grateful for these opportunities, but unfortunate thing is that I haven’t been able to stop and focus on the season.

That may not be a bad thing. Typically I over-analyze my New Year’s resolutions and end up with a list so long that I don’t know where to start…so I typically don’t. So here are three commitments I’m making to myself for 2010.

  1. One Year Bible Reading Plan – I’ve been reading through the Chronological Bible for the past five years. It’s a great way to read the Bible in a year, but like anything else, the process has gotten a bit stale for me and I need to change things up. So I’m going to be using one of the reading plans from They have a great iPhone app that will help me keep up to date as well. I’d encourage you to check out their plans. They have several and one of them is bound to fit you.
  2. Read at least one book a month. This one has been on my list every year for several years. I don’t think I’ve ever quite accomplished it. Well, this year will be different. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the fact that I just packed my office and had shelves (yes, plural) of books that I own but have hardly cracked. This means I’ll probably have to cut back on some of the feeds in my Google Reader….
  3. Spend more time with my family. One thing I’ve realized this past year is that I have to fight for my family. I have to fight for time with them and I have to be intentional about the quality of that time. It just doesn’t happen on it’s own. One of the ways I plan to do this is by starting to read to Parker before bedtime (thinking about starting with The Chronicles of Narnia or The Hobbit). This is going to be tough because I’m a TV junkie and his bedtime is right during that primetime hour, but I know I’m doing him a disservice if I don’t do it. And quite honestly, it’s pretty sad if I put TV before him.

Anyway, I’d love to throw in others, but these are the main three I’m going to focus on. The non-negotiable ones that I’m going to fight to accomplish.

What are some of your commitments for the new year?

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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  1. The big thing with me and books is to make sure that I have a balance.

    Very easy for me to read books that deal with change, design, creativity. Hard to read personal enrichment books.

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  2. Graduate. Oh, and maybe actually follow through and become an IYCM counselor. 😛

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  3. Good stuff. I’m working on the same thing. Going on a little retreat at the end of the month and 2010 will really begin in February for me 🙂
    #3 is on mine as well.
    Currently, Write more and Learn how to throw a manly punch are the only other 2 things I have on there…

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