It’s that time of the year where many are formulating their new year’s resolutions.
I suppose that I have a list of a few mental resolutions I will again aspire to tackle including one that involves my expanding waistline but that’s not the point of this post.
But rather than focusing on achieving goals or milestones, I’ve been thinking along some other wavelengths. Mind you, I typically resonate with goals, milestones, metrics, and quantifiable stuff. Last year (this time), my goals focused on launching and establishing One Day’s Wages and stabilizing Quest Church and I feel really good about both.
But this year, I have no such goals or tasks. Rather,
my hope is to simply be…
By this, I’m also specifically mindful of wanting to…
- be a better husband.
- be a better father.
Clearly, easier said than done but nevertheless, these aspects of my calling have always been important but more often than not, are the ones that are more readily pushed aside.
Isn’t it amazing how the things that are closest and dearest to us are often the ones we take for granted?
In a spirit of courage, I asked one of my daughters the following question:
How do you think I can be a better father?
There’s something about the honesty of kids that’s both a little scary and very refreshing. She responded by suggesting three things.
- “We should play more games together.”
- “You should spend less time on the computer.”
- “You should have some funnier jokes.”
#1 and #2 are spot on. We need to resurrect our passion for Scrabble and Monopoly. And keep the laptop/smartphone off when I come home till 9pm when the kids go to sleep.
As for the comment about #3 and funnier jokes, I’m tempted to ground her for that comment. Totally off. Wrong.
I can’t help it if she can’t appreciate my brilliant sense of humor.