When I put my younger two sons to bed at night (14 years old and 12 years old) we always pray and they always try to do whatever they possibly can to prolong their inevitable bed time…..
Suddenly it’s really important to know about my day, talk about their day or discuss anything that will gain them an extra few minutes of being awake.
One of their schemes is to have me read them “a story”.
They know that I write and they seem to give it way more weight than it really holds, but it’s pretty cool to have people I love want to hear things I’ve written. It’s funny how just verbally reading the things I’ve written some times puts a new perspective on it for me.
Last night I read them the “story” What if…..
When we finished they of course asked me to read another and I told them not tonight that if I read multiple ones we’d run out soon. They immediately told me the obvious “You can just write more!” and then asked why I haven’t been writing lately.
I didn’t really have an answer.
I had a bunch of excuses. I’m busy, it’s harder to write now that I have someone else in my office, life has been crazy, etc….
Like I said excuses.
So I asked them what they would like me to write about and this is what our 12 year old came up with….
“You should write about “What Are My Plans For My Relationship With God This Year”.
Here we go!
I plan to be more intentional about reading my Bible. I’m currently doing a reading plan with our church as we do a 21 day fast. I want to continue to read through the book of Acts. After that I plan to read the book of Matthew. This year our church leadership is leading us through reading the Bible and I plan to participate in that.
I plan to read more books. I had a goal last year to ready 10 books and I got through 8 complete books and 2 half books. I want to exercise my brain, challenge my thoughts and really press in to see what God is saying to me. What He has planned for me!
I plan to give Him more space in my life to speak to me. Less stuff and more substance.
I plan to continue to grow healthy relationships in my life. Its undeniable the people who He has placed in my life. If for no other reason than obedience I need to press into those relationships.
I plan to be a better husband, a better father and a better follower. I want to be an example to my family of what it looks like to live a life of service and a life surrendered to Him.
I plan to spend more time with my family. Game nights, date nights, one on one time…. Living life together! Experiencing life together! My sons are growing up so fast! I get one chance to walk through these times with them….. Who wants to miss that with their face in their phone, head stuck in a tv or buried up with mindless work/chores? They won’t remember the things I bought them or that I got 25 likes on my witty and awesome Facebook status! They just won’t…… So why should I?
I plan to write more. I tend to write more when I’m struggling or life is overwhelming me. I need to do a much better job of writing when I can clearly see just how blessed I am.
I plan to follow Him wherever His cloud takes me.