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My New Year’s Revolution

     On Sunday, January 2, I will do what I have done every year for the past several years – I will do my best to cast a God-given vision for the new year to the people I am privileged to serve in ministry. This year’s title is “A New Year’s Revolution,” a play on the word, resolution, with an acknowledgement that we rarely keep resolutions when we make them. Getting ready for that sermon causes me to think about what I would like to accomplish in 2011. Here is my current list:

1. Develop better habits. That is a carryover from my 2010 list. I did better in 2010, lost some weight, walked almost every day, got more consistent in my reading, etc. Then came December. I haven’t done so well this month with all the travel, snow, parties, etc., so I am going to start over in January.
2. Manage my social networking and online ministry better instead of letting it manage me. I know it is a valuable tool, but I can let it become the tail that wags the dog.
3. As a corollary, I am going to streamline my blogging stuff. I started out learning to blog at http://www.playingthesecondhalf.blogspot.com/. Then, I launched back into ministry and used wordpress to create http://www.petetackett.com/. Then I took on the transitional pastorate at a church in Johnson City, Tennessee, and developed a blog/website for them at http://www.antiochbcjc.org/. (For the record, I did not choose the name, but that is another story.) I would like to migrate my personal blog onto one of the other pages and only use wordpress in the new year.
4. I am going to clean up my friends list on twitter and facebook and empower some other people to update the church pages when needed.
5. I am going to continue to resist Kindle and ipad and all their cousins and just keep reading hard copies of books because I love the feel of a book and the freedom to mark it up.
6. I am going to pray more than I talk about praying.
7. I am going to continue to enjoy spending more time with Lori in this new season of having adult children and I am going to work really hard at being a better parent of adult children and let them be adults instead of treating them like kids.
8. I am going to unsubscribe to almost everyone on my google reader list and start over. I am going to be more proactive about sharing the good stuff I find there with people I know that need it.

     What about you? Do you have a list? What would you add to mine?

2 Responses

  1. I'm with you about the hard copy books. I love them for the very same reasons you do! Technology just isn't always better.

  2. We share many similar goals for the coming year, Pete. Good luck and sending prayers for your journey.Here are a few thoughts I've had for 2011 as well:http://joyfindingjoy.blogspot.com/2010/12/2011-my-year-of-momentum_14.html

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