New Years

I'm not usually one for New Year's resolutions, but as I look at where I am today and where I want to be - especially as I look at the eight months that I have left in my YAV year, I decided that now is a good time to make a couple of changes.
I kind of feel like I was living for Christmas, for going home.  Maybe it goes back to school years - Christmas break is the halfway mark and a fresh semester starts after it.  Whatever it is, it feels like this is a new beginning, a good time to refresh some things.
So, a few "resolutions."  I'm putting them out here, in public for all of the internets to see, to keep me accountable.  So please 2 months from now (or next week, or tomorrow for that matter), ask me how I'm doing with them.
1)  Read my Bible - all of it.  When I was in college, I went to a seminar during the Black Hills Retreat and one of NWC's wonderful professors encouraged us to read the Bible all the way through - from Genesis to Revelation.  And I did, one of my good friends and I read all the way from cover to cover of our Bibles together.  And it was the best thing I've ever done for my faith.  I learned so much; I saw the Big Picture of God's story for the first time really.  And that was a long time ago now, so I think it's time for a refresh.  I'm going to be using my phone's Bible app and posting to facebook in hopes of staying accountable.
2)  Be more fully present.  For me, this means putting away the laptop and the phone more often.  Getting offline and into the here and now.  I've gotten into some bad habits in the past couple of years, and it's time to get rid of them.  This one is going to be really hard.

3)  Be an encourager.  I want to be more consistently intentional about encouraging - in person with my housemates, co-workers, and friends; online on social media; and through phone calls and snail mail with my friends who live far away.