For New Year’s, I made a resolution this year. Usually I don’t, because I figure that anything worth making a resolution about is worth tackling immediately and not waiting until the New Year for, and if it’s not worth tackling immediately, should I be wasting my time with it? Tending to no on that one. That being said, I decided to make a New Year’s resolution for myself this year. I didn’t think of it before the New Year, but that shouldn’t make a lot of difference — if it’s a new year I can change things, right? Isn’t that the point of getting a new year every 365 days?
To come to the point: I have resolved to spend ten minutes every day (or as close as I can manage) reading the Confessions. My reasoning is, how can I call myself a Lutheran pastor and not know what’s in the Lutheran Symbols inside and out? I want the content and even the forms of expression of the Confessions to permeate my consciousness, my speaking, and my behavior, just as I want Scripture to be a part of my life to that degree — to where it becomes a part of me. In order to do that, I need to be reading and considering the Confessions daily, along with Scripture. Ten minutes a day might not seem like a lot, but you can accomplish a lot in ten minutes, consistently applied. I got a kitchen timer as a present this Christmas from Adah, and this seems like a good use for it. (The timer helps keep me on track, but that’s something for another post.) Ten minutes is a small enough time span I can fit it into my day, and short enough that I can sustain concentrated attention for that long (and hopefully avoid interruption.) If I’m going to pray the Daily Office like I intend to, that will take time (time well spent — very well spent), and I still need to be up on the Confessions. Maybe this way I can fit them into my slate of daily activities in a timely and manageable fashion. Who’s with me?