New Years Continuation!

I was speaking to my wife about New Years resolutions this morning and mentioned how I am not going to make any resolutions; instead I was planning to make 2012 a year of continuations.

In 2012 I intend to continue walking in God’s graces and plans for my life. This plan includes the strengthening of existing friendships. The solidification of and the building of new relationships.  This will happen within the framework of globalisation and cyberisation, something which has caused me to build many valuable friendships throughout the world. As well as the many friendships I have on a more local and community level.

I intend to continue blogging. I have made 489 blog posts on this blog. 490 including this one. I have had 998 comments and have been very surprised at who reads, dialogues and links to this blog. I have written just under 17000 words on pastoral ministry and the role of the pastor in a combination of many posts on the subject. Therefore I intend rework these posts and edit them into a book, of which I am thinking of calling the Art of Pastoring.

I intend to continue studying. I have 5 subjects to go before finishing the Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry. Next semester I am doing Ethics as well as the possibility of another subject, one which is yet to be decided. I’m also strongly considering doing a masters degree after wards and not sure of which college I will do that through. I have a strong bent towards pastoral theology and pastoral leadership and God willing would like to perhaps aim towards doctoral studies on the subject after completion of the Masters.

2012 will see a continuation of M.A.N which is the men’s ministry at church. It stands for Men of Action and Networking. Micah 6:8 is our theme verse, which calls us to be men who do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Last month we drew up a bucket list of things we would like to do together in the year. And so we have an action plan of fellowship drawn up and ready to implement already.

Its is also a year of continuation of preaching. I have the privelidge of sharing God’s word at church tomorrow morning. I see it as a deep honour to take the pulpit and share God’s word on not only the first Sunday of the year; but also what is the first day of the year. The theme is from Ecclesiastes 3 and is on seasons and time. I have been invited to preach at another church on January 29th, which is something that I look forward to. The topic is up to me, and while I am seeking God for his wisdom as to what to share, I am thinking about preaching on the God who listens. It’s a sermon which I have preached a number of times in various locations and its one that always seems to encourage many. The first time I shared this message was with a group of boys at youth group and instead of wanting to go and play as was normal, after the message, they asked me to tell them more about the God who listens.

I’m also hoping that further ministry options and opportunities will unfold throughout the year. Something that I can’t share about at the moment, but hope to be able to do so in the future.

2012 will see a continuation of my support for my wife who is doing a cert 1v in chaplaincy. She is doing her hours at Hope Street in Sydney. As part of my support for her, I intend also when time permits to go with her. There is something deeply special and uplifting when sitting with the homeless and strugglers of life – hearing their stories, sharing life and praying with them.

2012 will see the continuation of my support and caring for my family. I have since birth sat my boys on my knee and told them that I loved and liked them very much. I have since added a third and tell them that I am very proud of them. Within this framework of support and care; we are looking at buying a house in the local area. Rent is going up and our current home is to small to offer hospitality to others and provide self care for ourselves in any real meaningful way.

Therefore in the framework of continuation into the new year, for all my friends and readers, I pray that you will continue to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. That you will continue to grow in the awareness of the riches of his grace, the power of forgiveness and share in the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of believers.

About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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5 Responses to New Years Continuation!

  1. Dave Black says:

    Worthy goals each one! May God bless you and yours in this new year and make you a great blessing to others.

  2. Wow. Continuation or more and more sounds like something Paul would say.

    How do you do this with fatigue etc.? I know it’s by God’s grace, but if you’re having a bad day…

    • Craig Benno says:

      Hi Jeff. It’s a great question about the handling of fatigue.

      I have to pace myself and know my limitations. There are times when if I know I am going to do something that will take it out of me I will factor some rest days afterwards. Such as my recent deck building activities with my brother in-law. There was a couple of days where I was so shattered, I just had to say I can’t help today. Even to go out to his place was too much effort.

      However I am increasingly finding that I am having more good days then bad. A lot of this has to do with not pushing myself beyond my limits. But within that framework of limits: there are times when my body shuts down, I start to shake, get really tired and I have to sleep. If this means pulling over in the car, snoring in class, closing my eyes at church, or just crashing at home for 5, 10, 15 minutes…so be it.

  3. Thanks. I’m so glad you can do these things. I couldn’t do 10% of it. But we all have our unique load to bear and do what we can do.

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