Some, I do really well with. This year I did well with my closet project. That's the one where I hang up my clothes in order that I wore them, and when I switch out the closet for the seasons, all the things that didn't get worn need to leave. I managed to keep that up for a year now, and actually have gotten rid of a lot of clothing.
The personal health and fitness goals......not so hot. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.
Reading goals, though - those I usually manage wonderfully. My goal is always 100 books a year, which I have determined is unrealistic (though I did make it several years in a row). This year I am up to 83, and still one day left!
The quantity should not be important, though - the quality is the key. Now, I do like to read fun books - especially cozy mysteries, usually set in England. Usually there is very little gore, the victim is found bludgeoned, or poisoned, or with a single bullet-hole through the forehead. No dismemberment, or very few, anyway. I can read one of these in about 24 hours, so that has racked up the numbers the last few years.
For a few years I tried to do a classic a month, and that was a lot of fun, until I ran out of classics that I wanted to read. Once I got past A Tale of Two Cities and Pride and Prejudice, and started heading into Moby Dick and The Odyssey, my interest level dropped. Considerably.
One thing I keep hearing over and over is to read GOOD books that are PROFITABLE to me. I am assuming that anyone who says that does not consider Agatha Raisin or Hamish Macbeth mysteries to be either good or profitable. Whatever.
But I do realize that a steady diet of Oreos, no matter how tasty, does not make for good health. And books add to my (and your) intellectual health. I have shelves of healthy books that have not been touched, while the Oreo books have been making a steady trek from the library to the house and back. So, today I made a list of "Ten Theological Books To Read In 2012". These all come from my own collection, and we have owned all of them except two for at least a year.
And now, without further ado, here are my "Ten Theological Books To Read In 2012":
(not in any particular order)
- Don't Waste Your Life - John Piper
- A Praying Life - Paul E. Miller
- Spiritual Depression - Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
- Desiring God - John Piper
- First Christians - Paul Maier
- Early Christian Writings - a collection of writings of Clement, Ignatious and Polycarp
- The Church of the East - ed. John Holzman
- Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
- Surprised By Joy - C.S. Lewis
- Knowing God - J.I. Packer
A couple of these are pretty iffy - Early Christian Writings being "least likely to get read". But we'll see. These are goals, not mandates, after all.
Next, I am going to make a list of ten other books, fiction and non-fiction, that are on my shelves collecting dust. I think I have some great books - I just need to get my lazy brain to reading them.
But I am not going to make that list today. After all, tomorrow is another day.