My one word for 2014

I have always feared a mid-life crisis. Not because it would bring about something new for me but because it would be my reaction to all the choices that I have made.
You see, I do not think I am living to the fullness of my potential. I have lots of dreams and aspirations. Yet feel unfulfilled in many ways.

A lot of it comes from the fact that I have struggled with contentment almost all of my life. I have always yearned to have the latest and greatest. And many times I look for the greenest pasture on the other side and miss the blessings right in front of me.

So this year, I am not making any resolutions. Resolutions in the sense that I have a certain to-do list that I want to get accomplished by the end of the year. Because a resolution to me is always broken and is most of the time ignored as soon as I hit my goal. I want to instead make a choice to develop characteristics that will take me through to the end of my life.

And like the great book, One Word that will change your life, I want to choose a word that I hope to define my year with. A word that will encompass all that I yearn to see through.

And for me, in 2014, I want to get out of bed earlier and work out and read my Bible more and write like I’ve always wanted to. And get in shape and eat right. And spend quality time designated to my family and nothing else. And get out of debt and pray more.

So my word for 2014 is discipline.

I hope to write at least 4 blog posts each week for you to take part in and help motivate me so I can motivate you on this journey. I will likely be writing here but I may get a new blog started. Either way, I will keep you updated.

So now that you know a little bit about me, what kind of things do you wish to see happen to you and to others this year? We can all hold each other accountable. But let’s be transparent and open about it.

Recap and what’s to come

2013 has been a crazy year. I turned 30. I have taken a year off from ministry (being on staff). And honestly, I feel refreshed. I have a good job. And my family is awesome. I lost 22 pounds. But then gained too much back over these holidays with all the delicious treats and my ear infection that stopped me from working out the last two weeks. My Packers made the playoffs barely despite not having Aaron Rodgers for 7 weeks. And my Panthers clinched a 1st round bye and home field advantage. The Bunch Army devoured the competition and won my Fantasy Football league.

But however good my year was, my wife has had an even better year. She started 2013 with the desire to lose weight. And she lost 52 pounds. Astounding. I have always loved her and found her to the be the most beautiful girl in the room. But now I have to fight the jealous feelings I feel when guys look at her for just a second to long. In fact, I must fight them off like a UFC fighter.

But no matter how good 2013 was, I want more. I want to get down to my ideal weight of 218. Which if you google it (I did), you will find out is Michael Jordan’s weight in his prime. I want to be disciplined and focused on doing all I can to be the best I can be.

In many ways, I let things happen to me this year instead of preparing for the future. I was reactive rather than proactive. And in 2014, I’m stepping up my game.

So I ask two things from you reading this:
1) Help me by praying for me to have a record breaking year for myself. One where I will be astonished looking back at the resolve and determination I had throughout the year.
2) Let me know what I can do to help you be the best you, you can be.