2013. My 24th year of existence. Somehow, in every previous year I’ve managed to avoid New Year’s resolutions…or fail at them within the first week. But not this time. This time it’ll be different. You see, I have a plan. In the past my resolutions have not quantifiable or instead have simply been unrealistic. This year will be the year where I complete my New Year’s resolutions. It’ll be a revolution in my world of resolutions! Just to make sure I stick to them, I’m going to post them publicly too. I’d love to hear yours too!
Dave Betts’ New Year’s Resolutions
This is the most trivial but the most easiest to achieve. As you may know by now, I’m a bit of a rugby nut. I love the sport with a passion, but just don’t get its distant American cousin. So many similarities, yet so many stark differences. My resolution this year is to learn the rules of American Football; not only that, but watch a game from start to finish and actually understand what the heck is happening! When’s the Superbowl again?
At Kerith, we wrote some original songs for our recent Kids worship CD, but I haven’t written any adult worship songs that I’d be happy to show anyone since May 2011. We were lucky in that prolific season to be able to experience God doing some fantastic things with the songs we wrote during that time, but I’ve really struggled to find the words that glorify Him in the way I’d like, or in a way that hasn’t already been expressed before. Part of this is to do with no putting the time aside to write; part of this is, in all honesty, due to me not being immersed in the Bible the way I was then. Interestingly, God seemed to speak most to me when I was reading the Bible in 90 days. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
My resolution is to write at least one song a month throughout 2013 – even if they don’t get used corporately, I have to find some way to express my personal worship to God through a song. Coupled with that, my focus will be more on reading the Bible that ever before.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a resolution that positively impacts the world around you? I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the last week actually. I couldn’t think of resolutions that could stop world hunger or lift people out of poverty…but it’s only 2013, there are quite a few more years to come up with ideas yet. However, I reckon there’s a way that we can contribute to a better world – tackling countless issues as well as raising up generations of people who will see lives changed, transformed, rescued and filled with hope. It’s a simple word:
By honouring and encouraging the people around us, we can collectively strengthen each other and do the sorts of incredible things that we would otherwise only dream about. Let’s face it, we’re not going to change the world by focussing on the problems – we’re going to do it by focussing on the solutions. To that end, my small act and resolution for each day of 2013 is to honour someone publicly. Not more than a tweet-sized smattering of honour, but connected with the hashtag #IHonourYou , I hope that others will join me too. Imagine if five people honoured five others every day for a year? I like the sound of that. Imagine if hundreds, thousands did it! A generation of honour and encouragement could be a reality – a petri dish environment for positivity, optimism and hope. I really like the sound of that. My favourite resolution this year.
I’d love for you to be involved too! Don’t be too strict about doing it every day – how about just doing it when you remember? Or once a week? Perhaps you really are committed and would be up for doing it every day too? Wouldn’t that be cool?! Let me know if you are going to – simply because it will excite me!
So that’s it. These are my fairly simply, extremely quantifiable New Year’s resolutions. What are yours? Have an incredible 2013 my friends!