This is my #1 goal this year. So far, our relationship is rather smooth sailing, with some small waves we managed to overcome. I don't know if it will stay that way, but I hope we'll stay together no matter what. Not only that, I also wish that our relationship grows stronger and more mature, and hopefully we can move to the next level soon.
God, please guide us.
The relationship with God is normally #1 in every Christian's list. But I don't want to lie to myself and put this as #1 because of the obligation. I know I haven't prioritized God in every possible way, but I do want to try.
- Pay more attention to sermon
I often literally fell asleep during a sermon, especially when I felt that the preacher or the topic was boring. I know this is, in fact, an insult to God's servant and God's words. It's definitely wrong and I want to fix it.
Lately I've been regularly taking notes (on my iPad) of the sermons. I found this effective to keep me focused and it's quite useful since I can easily refer back to them when I need to review or dig deeper on a specific topic. I'll continue this good practice this year.
So how can I improve this? In addition to just taking notes, I want to rewrite/summarize/dig the sermons and post them in blog posts. That way I will understand better and at the same time, share God's words to other people. I've actually started doing this a while ago, but I became lazy lately. I hope I can restart it this year. At least once a month, I'll pick a sermon topic or another spiritual topic and write a blog post about it.
- Bring more offering to God
God has blessed me tremendously throughout my life, and therefore, since many years, I've been faithful in giving offering and tithes to God, as a small thanksgiving for what God has provided.
What more can I do? I hope I can offer more than just money, but my time and effort to God.
I'm very lucky my girlfriend is a health-freak. She's obsessed with healthy food and lifestyle. She reminds me every time to eat vegetables and fruits and drink a lot of water. She pushes me to exercise more and often we will swim together. I quite enjoy sports, except running, so it's not really a burden for me. I love fruits and I can at least tolerate some kinds of vegetables, so this is not so difficult.
The two bad habits that I'm still struggling with are:
- Fried food
Frying is my favorite way of preparing food. I love fried food more than anything. Definitely it's not a healthy choice so I have to try hard to avoid or at least reduce the consumption.
- Sleeping disorder
I like to stay awake in the dead of the night. That's the only time I can have my private and distraction-free time. But of course, lack of sleep in the night leads to unproductive day and it's bad for the health. I have to start going to bed regularly before midnight this year.
My last full family vacation is in 2010. My dad, my mom, and my sister all came to Singapore and we spent some good time in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Early this year, they traveled to Thailand without me, since I had just visited it with my friends a month earlier.
Since I don't live together with them, I miss them every day. I hope to have a great vacation and enjoy the good time with them again this year.