2006 Goals — January Recap

With Jan­u­ary past, here is an update on how I’m doing with my goals for 2006:

  1. Replace my com­put­er mon­i­tor. — Nope, not yet. I have decid­ed I’m going to stick with a CRT mon­i­tor, though I may go a step larg­er with a 19″, if possible.
  2. Begin writ­ing a book. — I’ve tossed around so many ideas in my head, but I haven’t put any­thing on paper yet. I am con­vinced that focus­ing on angels, demons, and oth­er spir­it species would be inter­est­ing enough to flesh out a book. Plus, there’s enough con­fu­sion and myth sur­round­ing angels–even with­in the churches–to war­rant a book which expounds the truths about them, as found in the Bible.
  3. Find a church home. — Noth­ing to report yet. The type of church I want so much to attend can only be found sev­er­al hours away. Local­ly, to the best of my knowl­edge, the only church­es which I know will teach a true gospel (i.e., no “loss of sal­va­tion” or Calvin­ism stuff, no “works-based” stuff, and so on) are also strict­ly KJV-only, with the excep­tion of CBT. Well, I’ve recent­ly made my opin­ion very clear on that. It isn’t uncom­mon ’round these parts and else­where in fun­da­men­tal­ism to think those who don’t hold the KJV sole­ly dear are apos­tate… And can an “apos­tate” effec­tive­ly serve in a church if he isn’t allowed to do so? On this, I have no idea, but I have — praise God — found the fel­low­ship of my brethren online both at the Fel­low­ship Hall and the Brethren Apolo­get­ics Forum, and via instant messaging.
  4. Evan­ge­lize more, and faith­ful­ly so. — I’ve been able to talk about spir­i­tu­al things with my cowork­ers more eas­i­ly, but find­ing the bold­ness to preach a straight and true Gospel is still difficult.
  5. Devel­op Open­Word out of its infan­cy. — It’s still teething, I think.
  6. Exer­cise reg­u­lar­ly, even if just a bit. — I did situps I think back around the 6th or 7th
  7. Reduce great­ly or elim­i­nate caf­feinat­ed bev­er­ages from my diet. — Well, I *was* doing good, but have laxed up a bit late­ly. I did notice, how­ev­er, that when I start­ed going back to caf­feine, I was extreme­ly tired.
  8. Attend at least one play or musi­cal pro­duc­tion (movie con­ver­sions don’t count). — Ali­cia & I will be going to see “Stomp” in just a cou­ple of weeks.
  9. Write at least one php appli­ca­tion. — Nope. Nada.
  10. Fin­ish Final Fan­ta­sy IV Advance. — Well, it got bor­ing. And I may con­sid­er this goal null, any­way. There are bet­ter ways to use my time, and I have been hav­ing much more fun serv­ing my brethren online in web­site main­te­nance and stuff.
  11. Read at least 12 books. — One book down, 11 to go. In Jan­u­ary, I read the excel­lent God Is Not…, a series of essays edit­ed by D. Brent Laytham which show that God is not many things which Chris­tians seem to think He is: nice, reli­gious, “one of us,” Amer­i­can, or cap­i­tal­ist. The book does have some Roman Catholic over­tones due to one of the con­tributers being a mem­ber of the Church of Rome, but it cer­tain­ly does not cloud the main points of the arti­cles. This book is def­i­nite­ly worth a read if you’re more con­cerned with wor­ship­ing the true God of the Bible rather than a mod­ern idol suit­able to the major­i­ty of Amer­i­can churches.
  12. Have dai­ly qui­et-time with God and His word. — While this isn’t a dai­ly thing yet, it has cer­tain­ly been of more fre­quent occurrence.
  13. Remem­ber my 1st wed­ding anniver­sary. :) — Obvi­ous­ly, I won’t know about this one until September…err… when was it again?? ;)
  14. Reduce the amount of enter­tain­ment (movies, tele­vi­sion, gam­ing, etc.) I feed my mind. — Slight­ly bet­ter. Spend­ing more time serv­ing the brethren online has helped with this a lot, not to men­tion the read­ing and the mas­sive loads of exer­cis­ing
  15. Write one use­ful phpBB mod­i­fi­ca­tion. — Prob­a­bly going to be an inte­gra­tion of Bad Behav­ior, which will be both use­ful and easy!
  16. Become more punc­tu­al. — No com­ment. None. Whatsoever.

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Rick Beckman