…deep in their hearts they remembered hell. The Almighty Judge of good deeds and bad, the Lord God, Head of heavens and High King of the World, was unknown to them. Oh, cursed is he who in time of trouble has thrust his soul in the fire’s embrace, forfeiting help; he has nowhere to turn. But blesses is he who after death can approach the Lord and find friendship in the Father’s embrace.
After its birth in Asia, Christianity had its most vigorous growth as it moved steadily westward and northward. As more and more people in the West embraced Christianity, the statistical center of gravity moved north and west. However, beginning in 1900, the statistical center began to dramatically shift southward, and in 1970 it began to move eastward for the first time in 1,370 years! Today, the statistical center of Christianity is located in Timbuktu! This means that for the first time since the Reformation, the majority of Christians (approx. 67%) are now located outside the Western world.
-Timothy Tennent, Theology in the Context of World Christianity
First book read of 2017 and it was a blessing. Always encouraging to hear that I am not God, and God doesn’t expect me to be god, simply trust that I am dust and He is King.
I didn’t think I would write an entry on new resolutions. I think that the word “resolution” brings a connotation of failure and it should be discarded. Goals seem more approachable. Anyway, for better or worse… my 9 goals for 2017.
- Blog consistently. Not setting specifics here. Not a once a week or once a month standard. Simply blog more, sharpen my writing, account the days, and be consistent.
- Daily Plan. This is a habit that I am fairly good at. I have used field notes for the past four years to record my days and plan my weekly schedules. This year I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a Hobonichi Techo for 2017. I liked Mike Rohde’s entry on Medium where he showed his process of the daily plan bar. It seems perfect for the Techo. Looking forward to implementing it. Lifehacker also had a great entry showing how Jerry Seinfeld keeps productive: Don’t break the chain.
- Read 35 books. I set a goal of 24 books in 2016. Using Goodreads for recording I surpassed my goal to a total of 31. Totally attainable. Included in goal no.3 is goal no.4.
- Read Beowulf. Either Heaney or Tolkien, even though I heard Tolkien never wanted his translation to be published.
- Less Facebook. Again no specifics. I know how much I use it as a filler in the boring moments. Rather learning that innovation and new ideas often come when the mind is wandering, how much have I used facebook to fill those wandering moments and thus lose those innovative ideas?
- Pray more. I love to pray and I love the idea of setting time aside in three different periods of the day for prayer.
- Read Daily Office Lectionary. Excited having begun the ESV Daily Office Lectionary through the year with dear brothers.
- Exercise more. 2016 was a good start.
- Financial Peace. Hannah and I loved taking Dave Ramsey’s FPU this past October. The tactics we learned have all ready blessed our 2016. We want to continue into 2017 hopefully paying off both cars.
Godspeed into 2017.
The LORD swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne.” For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: “This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy. There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.” (Psalm 132:11-18 ESV)
“I bless Thee that Thou has made me capable
of knowing Thee, the Author of all being,
of resembling Thee, the perfection of all excellency,
of enjoying Thee, the source of all happiness.”
My understanding can only go so far. How I can be paradoxically a resemblance of Christ, and yet still hate my sin that so easily ensnares? Stability is found in enjoyment with Christ alone. Enjoyment in the hunt, and enjoyment in the return home.