Today is December 29th. In two more days we will be bringing 2016 to an end! As we ponder on the past year and wonder in excitement about 2017, many of us will make one or more New Year Resolutions. This means we all make promises to ourselves that usually get
shattered by March. And even though we break our resolutions year after year, we will still promise ourselves to eat healthier, exercise and work hard.
I have been thinking about my own resolutions for this year and since so much of my life revolves around my three boys, it would make sense to make resolutions for the new year based on them. I want to share them today because I feel it may bless other dads who may have the same challenges I do.
So, I resolve to: Get my my kids to sleep in their own beds this year. Currently, my family approaches bedtime like a roving band of narcoleptic gypsies. Despite having officially-assigned beds, the boys often wake up in each other’s beds, my bed, on family room furniture, on the giant teddy bear in the corner of the room or on the floor… but never outside … at least not yet!
The good news is we all still like each other and this sleep shuffle doesn’t seem to affect my kids. But it affects me, as I frequently wake up at 3 a.m. with one leg on the floor, because I’m subconsciously trying not to be shoved out of bed by a recently-arrived occupant. This needs to stop, because they’re all getting too big, and Dad is getting too old to have his body twisted around like this without him knowing.
I also resolve to: Get my kids outside more. I think I resolved to do this last year. If so, I don’t think it worked very well, or I wouldn’t be resolving to do it again. My oldest son who will be 9 in 11 days has played soccer at the YMCA for four years now, but only in the Spring and the Fall due to the fact that the Summer heat is unbearable in San Antonio TEXAS and there are too many things going on in the winter. Now, my 5-year-old did play soccer, and learned how to dramatically throw himself on the floor when another boy tries to take the ball from him. It’s funny to watch, but I’ll be missing that now since soccer really isn’t his thing. I am grateful for the 2016 Summer Olympics because no my 5 year old is taking Gymnastics. You should see him pull himself up on the rings!
Nevertheless, I’d like to target a certain hike or camping trip. I’m not talking the coast trail to Alaska or anything, but one of my kids has been harping about wanting to go camping. My boys are going to get some exercise, if for no other reason than to make me feel like I’m a functional parent.
I also resolve to: Start my kids’ college funds. Because I finally realize that day isn’t decades in the future and I don’t want them to someday owe $217 million in college loans.
I also resolve to: remodel the house this year so that Mom, Dad, Three energetic Boys and two crazy dogs can live together in harmony in an 1850 square foot home.
These are the silly (or not so silly) resolutions I have planned for 2016. But there are some very serious ones I want to also share with you today. I started Manly Training in September of 2015 and already I have seen and heard of many men who have started their journey towards becoming the man that God created them to be.
I fully resolve to do everything I can to make Manly Training a tool that will make a difference in our world today. Manly Training needs to become a movement that will help men across America and the world become Godly men, Loving husbands and Fathers that will be there for their families. I dream of a day that fatherless homes are eradicated in our great land. A day when those 24 million children that go to bed in a home without a father today would be able to say; “Good night daddy”!
Furthermore, I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
•I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
•I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be wiling to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
•I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
•I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
•I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
•I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
•I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
•I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
•I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
•I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.
•I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15
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