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A Look Back And a Gaze Ahead

by Jason on January 3, 2011

It really is hard to believe that 2010 is over.  Seriously, where has the time gone?

Now that I have a three and a half year old and a soon-to-be two year old, I find that time gets spent faster and faster.

I always love this time of year.  I enjoy looking back over the past year and identifying successes and failures, things to improve, things to continue, and just giving myself an overall evaluation.

As I look back over 2010, there were some great moments, and of course moments of failure.  Those more had to do with not treasuring my relationships most, including my relationship with Christ, my wife, kids, coworkers, neighbors, family, etc.

I simply need to do a better job with learning to say no to things – even good things – if they minimize my quality and quantity time spent with God, my family, and others.

If you are a “New Year’s Resolutions” type of person, you might relate to this: It seems I start the year with such great intention only to lose momentum by January 31.  By the time March rolls around, I can’t even remember half of my resolutions.

In my desire to improve all sorts of areas with New Year’s Resolutions, I often write down eight to ten things, and I find that I barely accomplish one.

So this year, I want to keep my resolutions simple.  I’ve talked a lot about True Wealth on this site.  I’ve mentioned how true wealth is not measured by the size of your brokerage accounts, or your income, but rather it’s defined by the quality of relationships and living life with purpose and passion.  I’ve labled it the 3 P’s – People, Passion, and Purpose!

So here are my resolutions centered around True Wealth:


I want to build stronger relationships with others, including my family, those in my community, friends, and those I work with.

Of course, this often takes time.  But one thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I tend to get consumed with my own endeavors and often forget to ask about what’s going on in other’s lives.

I become so inwardly focused that I lose sight of this piece of true wealth.  I’d really like to consider others more.


This past year, God has really developed in my heart a deeper passion for my community.  I want to make sure I spend time pursuing this passion even more.

I also have a passion for discipleship, and seeing others grow in their relationship with Christ.  I want to make sure I spend adequate time with others to help them grow in this area, which also means that I need to continually be growing in my walk with God.

I have a passion for writing.  One of the main reasons I started this blog was to get my writing fix.  I’d like to expand my writing this year – I’m not sure what God has in store for that, but I’m looking forward to it.


To quote question and answer #1 from Westminster’s Shorter Catechism, our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

How do I best glorify God?  I do that by doing everything for Him.  Whether I am working, playing, or resting, I need to be thinking about how I can sacrifice my own wants and desires for God’s glory.

When I’m obedient to God, doing what he has asked of me, using my time and talents for Him – I find that I enjoy life and God so much more.

I need to pursue things that increase my affections for Jesus, (reading the Bible, memorizing scripture, listening to good sermons, and reading great books) and rid myself of things that rob me of my affections and joy for Jesus.

What kind of resolutions do you have for the year?

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