It’s interesting, if anyone cares–the two scriptures I’ve chosen to guide the work I’m doing on soul and mind are both about transformation rather than focus. I live in my head, and I do not necessarily have to. I think through everything, a thousand times a day, and I participate in anxiety and futurecasting far too much. So I hope to transform my thinking, and thus, transform my life.
The scripture for matters of the mind comes from the prophet Jeremiah, in the Hebrew Bible:
The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.Jeremiah 18:4
I learn so I can change. I change because I learn.
Goal #1: Read deeply from a diverse list.
If you haven’t seen this year’s reading list, you ought to take a gander. When I did the last reading list, it was in part a response to the POTUS Project–a few years of drinking beer and reading about white guys in power. I thought I’d developed a pretty solidly diverse list, but my desire to read classics really kept things Anglo, and mostly male. I’m more diversified now, though not as much as I really could be. I’m always looking for suggestions!
Goal #2: Complete two Doctor of Ministry classes.
One meets in January. One meets in June. This is pretty self-explanatory. I either do it, or I don’t.
Goal #3: Certify in four online courses.
In 2020, I became skilled in Switcher Studio, OBS, GIMP and Canva. I’m learning how to do Instagram stories, and, well, this whole website thing is a project in and of itself. (I am glad CSS is based in HTML, which tells you how old I am now.)
I’ll be finding classes on WordPress, graphic design, and probably Excel, because it’s good to know in 2021, and because we’re so digitally focused, it keeps things current and competitive in a rapidly changing world.