Year-ender / Year-starter Post
It’s been a while since I last wrote a year-ender post, or any post at all…
Part 1: Three New Records
For some peculiar reason, I have been monitoring the movies I’ve watched and books I’ve read for this year. I’ve also monitored all of my expenses to the cent since end of May this year. Apparently, these three things represent three new personal records.
I’ve watched the most number of movies in the big screen this year (my previous annual average was 2 movies):
- I Miss You Like Crazy
- Toy Story 3
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
- The Expendables
- ‘Til My Heartaches End
- RPG Metanoia
I’ve Read the most number of books, too:
- Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankel
- The Radical Cross, AW Tozer
- The Pursuit of God, AW Tozer
- Science, Sense, and Nonsense, Joe Schwarz
- Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
- The Savior’s Touch, Charles Stanley
- Going Public With Your Faith, Carr Peel and Lartimore
- The Five Love Languages. Gary Chapman
- Rebel With a Cause, Franklin Graham
- The Last Christian Generation, Josh McDowell
- Wild at Heart, John Eldredge
- 101 Questions to ask Before You Get Engaged, H. Norman Wright
- The Road Less Traveled, M.Scott Peck
- Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
- Becomig a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg
- Principalities and Powers
- Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain
And yes, it should come as no surprise that I’ve earned and spent the most cash in my first year as a tax-paying employee.
|Category||% of total expenses|
|Rent, Consumables, Snacks, Internet||9.47|
|Tithes, Offerings, Ministry Support||13.01|
|Clothes, Gadgets, Self-Actualization, Entertainment||11.09|
|Gifts and Treats to others||4.64|
|Savings and Insurance||35.00|
The disproportionate amount of savings and insurance can be partially explained by the fact that I am kuripot, and also because of the year-end bonuses that I decided not to spend.
Part 2: Word of the Year
God has been teaching me time and again about the importance of discipline.
The greatest problem with discipline is sustainability. Older policemen and military men get beer bellies from neglecting their regimen of strict physical activities. Models, action starts and sexy stars all too soon lose the near perfect figures that they used to maintain. Sadly, the same is oftentimes true of our spiritual life. One of the most common causes of this ‘negligence’ is simple idleness. In a war, we are always on our toes. In a competition, we strive to do everything to win. In times of peace and relaxation, however, we tend to slack off, too much at times, even.
In Hebrews 12:6, the word discipline is used as a verb:
“…the Lord disciplines the one he loves”
the Greek word used here is paideuo, which means to train up a child, that is, educate, or (by implication) discipline (by punishment): – chasten (-ise), instruct, learn, teach (Strong’s Dictionary).
In Luke 14:26, the word disciple is used as an adjective:
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.
The Greek word used here is mathetes, which means learner or pupil.
A pupil is no better that the uneducated person unless he puts all that he has learned into practice. I have started to combat idleness by setting up loose schedules of what I should be doing with my free time, especially during 3-day breaks like this one (December 31-January 2).
Part 3: Milestones and Signposts
I have / I am…
- finally graduated by the grace of God
- finally joined the church choir
- single again
- been involved in the church’s young professionals ministry
- witnessed a friend acknowledge God and Christ
- been living semi independently in Laguna
Well, there are still a lot of things to change and learn along the way, like lessening expenses to be able to give more.
There’s still a lot to do with regards to my self-discipline issues. Avoiding idleness is just a start.
There are still a lot of questions regarding the future.
How long should I stay in my current workplace? What should be my driving force in determining my career path? How about God’s leading?
Being single has many benefits, but the loneliness factor is lurking still. I trust that in the fullness of time, God will reveal the plan he has.
Finally, there’s still a lot to know about Christ Jesus our Lord:
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
To God be all glory for 2010.
See, it’s not bad to reflect on your life once in a while. Try it, while you have the time.
A Happy New Year to All!