Autumn Resolutions

I have been reading John Piper's blog Desiring God for awhile now as well as reading some of his books in Seminary. Yesterday he wrote about resolutions for the Autumn season. It never struck me to think of midyear resolutions as our culture puts more emphasis on the New Year. Yet the idea caught me so hard, I decided to do it! So here is an idea of what I hope to accomplish, in faith, by the end of the year:

1. I resolve to finish my Bible in a Year. I'm in Jeremiah right now, and it's going pretty well!
2. I resolve to get at least a "B" in both of this semester's seminary classes.
3. I resolve to grow, at least in as much as I am responsible, the young believers God has brought to me so that they may be mentors to yet other sailors.

In II Thessalonians 1:11-12, Paul says: "To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Chris." (Italics were John Piper's)

My hope is that God will help me keep these resolutions so that I might do the good works he wishes for me to do.

Can you think of any resolutions you'd like to make for the remainder of the year?

4 comments:

ALICIA said...

This is cool! I can see Autumn being a natural time for resolutions since it's the beginning of the school year. I'll have to think about what I want to resolve to do, but I'll come back and post them! Great question.

Katey said...

Awesome idea! I never thought of doing mid-year resolutions either! I don't think i made any this year in January! So I think i might just think about that and make some mi-year ones now! Thanks for the idea!

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Hey Dan, thanks for commenting on my blog! In response to what you said, I think volunteers are absolutely the 'plumbers'...perhaps especially the ones dealing with the kiddos! The people who give - that's what the church needs.

Can't wait to read more of your thoughts here. Oh, and I caught Piper's blog on resolutions. It was good. See you around!

Dan said...

Alicia-As always, you are such an encouragement to me. I am truly grateful that you are my wife and partner. I can't wait to see your resolutions! And I know you'll share them with all of us! No pressure! Haha!

Katey-There is no time like the present to set some resolutions, at least according to John Piper, so have at it! I'm thankful to Piper for thinking of it too!

Matt-Your blog is really cool and I subscribed today. I look forward to getting back there often and reading/participating. Nice work you're doing. And I'm glad to be counted as a plumber. I'll make sure to wear the proper fitting pants though!