Last year, I made some pretty big resolutions. Take more risks, and in that vein, memorize an entire book of the Bible. In truth, I remembered these resolutions all year, unlike previous years, where the resolutions went out the window by the second week of the new year.
You’ve read about some of my risks for the Lord, notably the time I invited a stranger to eat lunch with me or starting a website for people to share their testimonies.
But the greatest risk by far was my attempt to memorize the Book of James. I know, you’re dying to know, did she do it? No, not by a long shot. But, I managed to commit to memory a sizable chunk, the first chapter plus several verses of the second. Even though I didn’t finish, I’m still glad that I made the attempt because if you ask me, the process was worth more than the end product itself. I learned a great deal about myself and my relationship with God through my feeble attempts at trying to remember those verses. I plan on continuing to work on James, but it’s going to be a long process. I see that now. A year was probably a bit too optimistic. However, if I wouldn’t have pushed myself this past year, I probably wouldn’t have accomplished as much, nor learned as much.
So that brings me to this year. Last year set up a pretty big precedent for resolutions, and I’ve been praying about this for several weeks now and have been coming up short. But thankfully, to the rescue, my friend Michele e-mailed me yesterday with a proposal. She’s been inspired by an article she read about President Bush and Karl Rove’s reading challenge last year, to read a book a week (and these guys are arguably quite busy). And she offered me the same challenge.
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I read a lot, so this seems like a natural fit. But I prayed about it and also discussed it with my husband. I’m going to make an end goal of reading 52 books this year, with the weekly goal functioning more like a guideline for keeping me on track. I tend to alternate reading long and heavy Victorian type novels with current fiction, which tends to be quite short. The former can take me a couple weeks, while the latter might only take a day or two. I’m also not going to make this just about fiction or nonfiction, so it’s all fair game.
I’ll be keeping a running list of the books I’m reading in 2009 on this site. You can find it by clicking on “Amy’s 2009 Book Challenge” in the right hand margin or clicking here.
I’d love to hear about your New Year’s resolutions or if anybody found success with your resolutions from last year.