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A New Year, a New List, and a New Hope

Hope springs eternal in the new year.  After coming up woefully short of my goal to read 24 books in 2011, I am back with a vengeance in 2012.  It a new year, I’ve got a new list, and in the immortal words of my favorite episode of Star Wars, I have “A New Hope.”

This year I want to try again for my goal of reading 24 books in a twelve month period.  It really shouldn’t be that hard, but sadly, it is.  I find that one of the greatest struggles in my life is amusing myself to death.  The symptoms of this crushing malady are many and varied.  I would rather watch a movie about a book instead of read the book.  I would rather listen to someone else’s music instead of making my own.  My conversations are littered with expressions from popular culture (and this being mostly 80s pop culture) rather than real expressions of who I am.  I am numbed by it and I love it.

Of course, I don’t really love it.  Like the apostle Paul, I do the things I don’t want to do and I don’t do the things my spirit really longs to do.  Doing things my flesh doesn’t want to do is a mark of maturity, whether it be in finances, or in diet, or for me  (as a believer in Christ) in knowing Jesus more intimately.  In his book, The Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster declares that “Superficiality is the curse of our age.”  Though written decades ago, the truth of his statement has only gotten more poignant with the passage of time.  It is certainly the case in my life.

You can’t have maturity without discipline and I don’t have much of either.  My heart longs for the deeper things, things much deeper than the latest episode of 30 Rock or the plot of the Three Amigos.  I’m not sure that there is anything inherently wrong with those things, unless they are keeping me from going deeper into the things of God and ultimately, that is what this list and this blog are all about.  I need to read, because for me, reading can be very hard. It’s time to do some of the hard things because they are hard.

So here is the new list if you interested.  I’ve already started reading.