My Christ-Like Project

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I have a project of my own.  Instead of doing this by month (January she works on improving her happiness through Energy, February through her marriage, etc), I am just going to share my 9 commandments and then my own growths for each of the 11 topics.

What is important about my project is that it is not just about happiness.  My goal is not to be happy, but to grow towards Christ and becoming Christ like. Thus, being happy is not the end to which I want to move, but rather towards a life that in every way reflects the deep love and compassion, the awe and the wonder of Christ. So, not a happiness project but a Christ-like project.  I cannot begin to tell you how this reframe is for me. My life is not my own, and it is not lived for myself alone.  I hope and pray that as I seek to develop myself I begin to see Christ’s image in me and in the life around me.

8 Core Principles For Me

  1. Love Christ and his people.
  2. Be compassionate.
  3. Enjoy the process.
  4. Lighten up and have fun.
  5. Claim my voice.
  6. Get out of my head.
  7. Be aware of my body.
  8. Know what I want and need.

Growing Specifically: Habit Improvements


  1. Pray daily.
  2. Engage in stillness.
  3. Practice waiting.
  4. Send 3 encouragement cards a week.
  5. Develop a Sabbath.


  1. Laugh out loud.
  2. Start each day with gratitude.
  3. Practice reframing.
  4. Dare to fail.


  1. Sleep better: no phone after 10pm.
  2. Make life an adventure.
  3. Make checklists for the important stuff.
  4. Clean up less.


  1. Claim my voice. (express anger/frustration)
  2. Hear the experience of others. (culture, religious, ethnic, etc)
  3. Look up and around!
  4. Eat slower.


  1. Don’t stonewall.
  2. Scan for successes.
  3. Find fun together.
  4. Be physically affectionate.


  1. Play without phone distraction.
  2. Practice validation.
  3. Develop better patience.
  4. Be a teacher to the kids. (camping, games, school)


  1. Have fun with colleagues.
  2. Learn new skills.
  3. Practice saying no.
  4. Debrief my day.


  1. Develop good routines for the weekend.
  2. Go off the path. (new, strange, etc)
  3. Be interested in the world. (listen to podcasts)
  4. Call family on Sundays.


  1. Be generous.
  2. Listen more, talk less.
  3. Don’t complain.
  4. Initiate hanging out together.


  1. Spend ahead, not in the moment.
  2. Give to church.
  3. Always have something on hand to share.

Pursue a Passion: Be outdoors!

  1. Play disc golf.
  2. Start a garden.
  3. Interact more with my dogs.
  4. Aim for 11,000 steps.

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