Story Monday: 2017, Let’s Do This


Happy New Year!

2017 is off and running. That means that it’s time for the ol’ Word-For-The-Year style of resolutions. I thought since my Word for last year worked so well…if you tilt your head at a 45 degree angle and blink rapidly while singing the alphabet in Pig Latin when you look back at it…that I’d do it again!

Seriously, though, last year the Word I chose and how it played over the year actually worked out rather well. Almost prophetically.

Let’s face it, last year was a rough year for a lot of people. I’m not going to bemoan it now. It had its ups and downs, and a brand new year is upon us. The question is, how are we going to do this? How are we going to face 2017 with our chins held high?

The word I chose for this year, or rather the word that chose me this year, is one I don’t think about often enough.


An odd word that.

I don’t mean the how-to-train-your-child discipline, I mean the how-well-do-I-keep-to-what-I-said-I’d-do discipline.

2016 was a mess – and I mean that I was a mess. I had no discipline in anything.

Writing? What writing? Other than this blog, my writing was non-existent.

Umm…I do call myself a writer, right?

Kinda messed that one big time.

Faith? Oh sure, I talked to God…now-and-then…even picked up my Bible once in awhile to read it…


Family? I was there…I loved on my wife and kids…didn’t fail this one as bad as I did others, but still…my gentle parenting goal – might as well as not have made it.

I could go on, but that would be a pretty lame blog post. I had made a lot of goals last year, ones that I made for life and not just resolutions at the beginning of the year, but I lacked a key ingredient to help me see them succeed: discipline.

Discipline in my Faith

Can you say that you have a healthy relationship with someone if you spend zero time with them?

If I’m to know and understand God and Jesus beyond Sunday sermons,music on the radio, and platitudes that honestly make no sense sometimes, I need to take the time to get to know Him. I need a plan, and I need the discipline to stick to that plan. Not to treat it as some rote ritual, but to honestly seek His face every day and talk with Him (and listen to Him).

Discipline in my Family

Yes, honest-to-goodness set up a plan on how I am with my family.

  • Make the most out of the few date nights I have with my wife.
  • Set up regular time to spend one-on-one with each of my kids.

And for crying out loud, follow through!

Instead of reading more on how to be a better husband and father, actually put those nuggets of wisdom into practice.

Discipline in my Writing

I am a writer. I am. I keep telling myself that. I set up this blog with the thought of showing myself and the world that I’m a writer. It’s time to actually write. Dust off that WIP that I’ve been working on since the dawn of time and git’r done!

I’ve set myself a couple of goals this year when it comes to writing – now it’s all about seeing them through.

Discipline in my Responsibilities

I teach English to speakers of other languages at my church. It’s a volunteer job, but one that needs more than a volunteer attitude. I’ve slacked on this front this past year big time, and my students deserve a lot more.

Teaching isn’t the only responsibility I need to step up my game. If I’m tasked to do something, I need to do it with my all.

So, come on 2017! I’m ready for ya. Let’s Do This.


So, now that 2017 is here, what do you plan on doing with it? I’d love to hear about how you’re going to tackle this year. Comment below, or send me a note on FB, Twitter, or email me.

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