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.

10 Core Principles For Me

  1. Be James.
  2. Love Christ and his people.
  3. Be compassionate.
  4. Enjoy the process.
  5. Challenge is good.
  6. Identify the problem.
  7. Lighten up and have fun.
  8. Do what ought to be done.
  9. Get out of my head.
  10. Be aware of my body.

Growing Specifically: Habit Improvements


  1. Pray daily.
  2. Engage in stillness.
  3. Sing, sing, sing. (worship!)
  4. Send encouragement cards.
  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. Aim for 11,000 steps a day.
  4. Sit down more.


  1. Pay attention to what I am feeling, especially my body.
  2. Be open to 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. Get involved with Aiden.
  3. Practice validation.
  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 the day.


  1. Learn new things.
  2. Go off the path. (new, strange, etc)
  3. Make one new recipe every week.
  4. Call family on Sundays.


  1. Be generous.
  2. Listen more, talk less.
  3. Don’t complain.
  4. Initiate opportunities to hang out.


  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. Find new opportunities.



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