But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
2013 Week 18: Here Comes the Sun!By Evan Nehring
This was Thursday morning, April 25th! (8 months til Christmas) It was the storm before the calm. By Friday after work we were in the 70's and breezy with no snow in sight! I had some nice help and personally worked 40 hours between Friday night through the weekend and through Tuesday night.
That explains my blogging absence during that week. Long days at work and then home to pound it out!
The other huge project out of left field is my Epic Ambulatory certification, for my day job. I've completed my project and test for the first module and I head back to Madison next week. Grueling but great.
Why even talk about all this? Because these Carpe Diem posts are about choosing a path for our lives and staying on it. I've been completely physically wasted many of the days over these two weeks, but I'm staying on the path. I'll find joy and strength in the presence of God through every detour and delay, and I'll refocus on the God-given mission. Like rainwater always pressing to find the weak spot in the roof, with God's help I will be relentless.
Here's the week 18 version of my weekly goal updates for 2013.
1. Have 12 monthly date nights with Colleen.
Colleen's birthday will be the focus of our date this month. It's on the 23rd and we're planning to roof the weekend before. So, our target is Saturday, May 25th. (7 months til Christmas)
2. Lose 37 pounds by May 6.Well, it's May 7. That's a day past my first target date. I got one more pound over these past two weeks, so I'm at 24 down for the year. The weather has really turned for the better and that helps tremendously! I've run two 3-milers in the past three days. I'll continue to push for 37.
Plan: try to get in three 3-milers/week. Love the runner's high! Great energy boost for the next couple days! May 6 - wild success; June 6 - great success; July 6 - success; August 6 - slow success
3. House projects: Finish Organizing Upstairs OfficeI'm going to try to take this off of hold. My goal will be to get some music equipment items listed on eBay this weekend so they'll be ready for shipping next weekend when I get back from Madison. Updated on to-do list. Added to calendar.
4. Meet my Road Trip writing deadlines for 2013.
The three huge simultaneous projects are still taking place, and this is the one that's taken the back seat. It may not be possible to finish section three by June 5, but I'm not giving up. I really want to publish next summer and these small deadlines are important.
The four major worldviews boiling out at this point are postmodernism, materialism, spirituality, and utopianism. Then I'll look briefly at some world religions and cults. This chapter is going to make a dynamite presentation!
The larger writing goal, again, is to finish section three by June 5. That will include eight chapters (three are done), and that gives me about two weeks per chapter.
5. Complete the new roof project.Since I posted last, we had a small roofing weekend. It was our "practice" weekend with mostly Wade, Tim, Megan and I. Col and her parents graciously helped with some things too. This photo does a reasonable job of showing the garage and the one eyebrow we tackled. I feel much more dialed in going into the big weekend. Yeah, we were rained out for May 4,5, so that'll be May 18,19 weather permitting.
Please pray for my right arm. I've had pretty bad pain, a sort of tendinitis. A couple of my doc friends have given me good advice and Pastor Nate prayed for me in the hallway at church Sunday. Today was a breakthrough day. I now believe I'll be ready in 10 days for the next big deal!
Comments are always welcome!
Setbacks! A snow storm! Tendinitis! A rained out weekend! But others have been through so much more. Have you and your goals had setbacks in 2013?