So I start this post at 11:39 on December 7. 21 minutes until my 31st birthday. I spent today remembering the last year. I actually just went back and read what I wrote for turning thirty and had a funny moment. I wrote at that time,
“I actually am looking forward to my thirties. I feel this is a time of a new beginning. Like God is going to do a lot for me (heck, he didn’t start Jesus’ ministry until he was 30…so if it’s good for Him, it ought to be good for me).”
Of course, I had no idea what that would entail. I was fully expecting music ministry to be a part of it. How could I know that a barely a month later, Haiti would have an earthquake that would change the lives of so many, myself included? The job that I was excited about in December? Ended. As usual, He knew more than me. He needed me free to go and serve. So serve I went. I am not going to recap those months here. i have written plenty about that and you can go back and read that if you please. But I will say it was a three months that completely altered my reality. “Live simply so that others can simply live” was no longer a buzz phrase, if you will, but something I actually understood. I saw abject poverty every day. Yet I saw how happy these people were, despite circumstances. It was freeing, to be honest.
Ok, I know. I promised I wouldn’t recap. This is actually a time I want to look ahead. I’ve been remaking myself this past year and there are things I want to continue. I want to get in better shape. The geek in me has discovered there are, in fact, apps for that. I can get in shape and not spend a ton of money. As I am getting older (my friend Shannon says wiser….you be the judge) I am starting to realize I need to take better care of myself. I know, brilliant, huh? I started this last year somewhat but I am gonna kick it into high gear, i believe. Which leads me to the second thing I am planning for year 31. Discipline. I am going to start getting up at a good time every morning, even if I feel it doesn’t matter, since I work the late shift. I am also going to make my bed every morning. Make sure I read my Bible every day. The little things. I am also starting a series I found online to help with that discipline. It’s called 30 days to a better man. Now, some days of those 30 won’t apply, for one reason or another, but I will attempt to substitute something on those days. For example, one of their suggestions is to update your resume, because you never know when you might need it. Well, I just did that about 2 weeks ago. Because I did. I also intend on blogging about what I do, so keep checking back here. We’ll start tomorrow.
Ok, well, I think that will do it tonight. I am going to bed so I can get up and start tomorrow. Actually, exercise starts Thursday. We don’t work out on the birthday. Yes, I know. My discipline needs discipline. It should be a fun year.
Side note: I get people that ask if I am going back to Haiti a lot. Yes, I am going for a week spring 2011. And hopefully a week in fall 2011. But what I am really aiming towards is sometime in 2012 to be down there on a semi-permanent basis. Maybe 2 months on, 2 months off. Not 100% sure on that yet. But it’s definitely on my heart to do it. I am working at getting out of debt so I have completely nominal expenses so I can do it. Paying those debts off is part of the discipline. Prayers will be appreciated on this. God bless!