Happy New Year everyone. I just know it is going to be another great year. But before we get to my resolution and plans for 2009, I wanted to quickly go over 2008 and see how I did.
Ok let start with my 2008 resolution. Who remembers what that was? Anyone, anyone anyone, It had to do with reading the.....anyone, anyone, anyone, The Bible from cover to.....anyone anyone, anyone, that's right it was to read the Bible from cover to cover in 2008. Well if you have been with me that long, and I am very happy to say that some of you have, then you may also remember that early in the year, I amended that resolution. Early on, I realized that I am a really slow reader and I wanted to slow down even more to let the meaning soak in. So how far did I get you ask? Well I finished the Old Testament and I am up to reading the book of John. I think that is a great accomplishment and I would say that this was the first resolution that I actually stuck with.
On to the report card:
Since I started with the Bible, let me continue with 2008 spirituality. In addition to reading the Bible all year, our family found a Church that we all enjoy and we continued to attend it all year. Now we didn't attend every week but we did go most weeks and we got a lot out of the sermons. We also discuss the weekly messages and I really feel great about where we are heading.
I would have to give myself an A- on this one. Pretty good but I could have done a little better.
I have to say that financially, we are about the same as we were last year. But wait, there is a plus side. With the state of the economy, just maintaining is a great accomplishment. But wait there is more. In the latter part of the year, we made some lifestyle changes and we are now living a simpler life and a less expensive one. Because of this, we are actually stretching our money further so in essence, we are better off. We have new goals and with God's grace, we will continue to improve in this area.
Financially, I would have to give myself a B+.
I am feeling pretty good this morning. I didn't over do it last night. I started a number of diets during the year. Most of them didn't work but the one I am on now seems to be. I lost 14 lbs since Thanksgiving and I am going into 2009 in the losing mode. Our family has resolved to eat better and I really believe that we will all be living a healthier life this year. My wife has lost too but I am forbidden to post those results but I will say that she has lost more than me. Hopefully, you will be seeing less of me this year.
I think I should get an B- in Health for 2008.
We attended a great party last night and I met a lot of new people. The sad part is that many of them are our neighbors and we have simply never met before. The party was at the "Horse owners" house (That was the horse from an earlier post) and we had a great time. We made some new friends that I am hoping will continue to be friends through the year. In addition, I made lots and lots of Blogger friends in 2008. I feel like I know some of you and I hope those friendships continue as well. Lastly I met a bunch of new friends down at the Market and I am sure some of those people will stay in my life. So 2008 was definitely a friendship kind of year.
I give myself an A+ in Friendship.
So lets get down to the biggie. "Inner peace". Have you heard that saying, when life gives you lemons make lemonade? Well I am here to say a great big WRONG. Well unless you really want lemonade that is. I prefer to think if it this way. When life gives you lemons, just be thankful that you got lemons and didn't get spiders. It doesn't mean that you have to do anything with them or make anything with them, it just means that you now have lemons. For some reason a lot of people think that everything negative must be turned into positive or you life is over. They spend a lot of time trying to correct mistakes and trying to change what has already been done. Well you can't do that. So why try. Why waste your precious time and energy trying to make lemonade out of lemons. Why not just forget about the lemons and go on with your life. Besides, all that sugar isn't good for you. To wrap this up since I am probably losing blogging friends by the minute, here is what I learned in 2008;
Life is way bigger than anything I can comprehend. I don't know why life gives me lemons but it does from time to time and I was spending way too much time trying to make lemonade. By doing so, I missed out on a lot of other great things that were happening around me. There I was stuck in the kitchen making lemonade while outside the sun was shining and the birds were singing and life was moving on. In the latter part of 2008, I finally realized that I can't do it all. No matter how I try, I can make lemonade from sunup to sundown and even in my sleep but the next morning, that lemon pile is still there and sometimes even bigger.
There is someone out there that is an expert on making good things out of bad things. It is His specialty. He knows the best way to do it and in fact He wants to do it. So from now on, when life hands me lemons, I am not going to get bogged down trying to make something with them. I won't complain about having the lemons. I won't try to push them off onto someone else. And I won't sit and worry about the lemons. From now on, when life gives me lemons, I am simply going to say; I don't know why you handed these to me so help me out God. Please handle these. I'll be outside if you need me.
In life I give myself a big A+
Thanks everyone for being my friend in 2008.
Have a great 2009.