Yearly Themes

My friend Elias and I have been picking yearly themes on our podcast since 2018. This year, I started following The Theme System, including using the Theme System Journal. This is how I’m filling it out. For reference/posterity.

2020: The Year of Regeneration

Allowing the things that need to to die and finding new life

Ideal Outcomes

  • A renewed closeness to God fed by spiritual disciplines
  • A better work-rest balance in which I work well and rest well
  • A clear contribution to the regeneration of the church
  • A healthier financial situation and relationship to spending

(Mostly) Daily Journaling

I fill out the journal during my devotional times, reflecting on whatever period of time has been since my last entry.

Journal Prompts

I write something for each of these:

Daily Themes

I score each of these at 0, ½, or 1 point each day:

  • Spirit: Have I given time to connecting with God and renewing my spirit?
  • Marriage: Have I been a good husband?
  • Relationships: Have I connected to the people close to me, whether physically near or far?
  • Work: Have I accomplished something for my job/side gigs?
  • Rest: Have I taken time to rest well?
  • Environment: Have I taken care of my home/office?
  • Creation: Have I made something, or made progress on a creative project?
  • Language: Have I spent time learning/practicing language?

  1. At my old church in Blacksburg we used to talk about “Kairos moments” as a way to think about what God is saying to us—καιρὸς being one of the Greek words for time, specifically in the “the time has come” sense (as opposed to the linear passage of time). We had a series (or possibly cycle) of steps from noticing something to responding in action. I was calling this section “Word” for a while, but this now makes reference to this framework with which I can better reflect on what God might be communicating, and opens the prompt up to documenting these steps from day to day as I process through a single idea. ↩︎

  2. i.e., something I’m looking forward to. ↩︎