10 Things

10 Things

Β OK. Time for my New Year Resolution list. I think I missed the meeting somewhere where people decided that resolutions were uncool. We’re supposed to call them something else now? The word ‘resolution’ is no longer cool? Fine. Call them what you want. Nevertheless, I am resolving to do these things this year. Or at least give myself to trying…

Ten things I want to do (or do better) in 2012:

1. Be unplugged at home. Phones and laptops away after work until the kids are in bed. We tend to complain that our kids want to be on computers, phones and video games more than they should. I wonder where they got it from???

2. Go to bed earlier and get up earlier.

3. Pray out loud with my wife, kids and friends more.

4. Write and blog more intentionally. This means both my private and not-so-private writing.

5. Β Let people who offend me off the hook more quickly (this is a broad statement and a lifetime work…nevertheless, it’s on the list).

6. Write letters and cards weekly. As in – handwritten, not emailed or facebooked. I love getting cards in the mail. Love it. I think everyone does, don’t they? I want to be the guy thoughtful enough to send an encouraging and thankful card every now and then.

7. See movies. Sounds weird, I know. I never, ever see movies. Name a classic….I most likely have not seen it. I love a good movie. I just never take the time to see them.

(The broader discussion here is that I need more margin. More sitting time. More time for recreational, mindless, room-to-breathe activity. I’m on it.) πŸ™‚

8. Memorize a book of the bible.Β 

9. Lead worship playing the guitar. Not all of the time…especially being that I don’t know how to play the guitar. But I really want to learn. So get ready. It’s gonna happen in 2012. At least once. In front of at least one person. πŸ™‚

10. Refresh and grow my knowledge of the history of church music. Again, this is a broad statement and a lifetime work. But I desire to be more knowledgeable of roots, routes and roads of the Church before us. Starting with worship in the Word.Β 

(Speaking of musicians, I am loving doing David:Β 90 Days With A Heart Like His by Beth Moore again. This is a great daily devotional, attainable and doable no matter how weird your schedule may be. Guys too! Only occasionally is there gender-oriented verbiage. And even those rare times are easy to navigate through. If you are still looking for a good devo this year, try one of Beth’s ’90 Days’ series.)

Make your own list. Give it to a friend. Have check up discussions every couple of weeks. Stay on it. Stay accountable. Stay focused.Β 

Want to share your list here? Bring it on!


  1. Omar Hamada on January 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Did you see my list. Very similar…… πŸ™‚

  2. Dori on January 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm


    And guess what? I want to learn the guitar this year, too. I come from a very long line of great guitar players…all dudes. But I want to learn and I’m bound and determined!

    #1 got me…convicted, I tell ya! Tired of all the screen time my family partakes in every single night of the world!! Wonder if they would notice if I put mine down? I’m going for it…TONIGHT!

    I don’t see movies much, either…have never seen (gulp) ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE. Crazy, huh? So that is on my list, too.

    Read more. That’s a big one for me. And not just facebook statuses and tweets or even blogs…but real hold in your hand books!

    And, of course, I’m reading the Word through…again. Never can seem to finish! But this year I’m doing it with our awesome church. Accountability matters!

    RESOLUTIONS. I don’t mind the word, one bit!

    Tell Angela I said hi!


    • Travis Cottrell traviscottrell on January 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Dori – I’ve never seen It’s A Wonderful Life either! Crazy!

      I want to read more, too. Just couldn’t bear to put it on the list AGAIN this year. πŸ™‚

  3. Tanya Villani on January 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks Travis for sharing honestly. That list was convicting and I am working on 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8. I really want to know more about Christ and trust that He is enough, not matter how I feel, what the circumstances are, how I am treated, because He really is enough. I am a daughter of a Mighty King.

  4. Donna Schultz on January 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    You might enjoy my blog post that I wrote today about resolutions, commitments and the enemy. Bless you! http://tuesdayswithjesus.blogspot.com/2012/01/as-it-was-in-beginning.html

  5. Shannon Rogers on January 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I want to take more piano lessons. I play enough to get through and accompany myself…and just enough to be dangerous lol. But I dont have a full size weighted keyboard…so….makes it difficult. I am not a prodigy or as musically creative as some. Guitar….been there tried that…my fingers just make it twang and not as in country either! Heres wishing all you guitar playing wanna bees best wishes…may you be more successful at it than was I!

    • Travis Cottrell traviscottrell on January 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I’ve tried many times to no avail. Not gonna give up this time!

      Take piano – you can do it!

  6. Suzanne T on January 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I humbly request you make #9 happen at LPL in Long Beach. That’s in October, so you’ll have plenty of time! C’mon!

    • Travis Cottrell traviscottrell on January 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      I will make it my goal, Suzanne! πŸ™‚

  7. Mark Wilson on January 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Some of mine are the same: let offenses off the hook (John Bevere’s book The Bait of Satan has helped me a lot), more down time (as a guy who is old enough to have seen the original Muppet Movie in the theatre with my sister, I’m ashamed I haven’t made time to see the new one), write more cards (I’ve missed out on sending birthday cards to gang in arts dept), lead worship from guitar (G, C, & D can only get you so far in the style of Phoebe’s Smelly Cat). Here are a few others: invest the experiences God has afforded me in at least 3 other worship leaders, record a project alongside my dept at Cypress, memorize a passage of Scripture with best friend every month. Oh, and buy one bow tie every major holiday πŸ™‚

    • Travis Cottrell traviscottrell on January 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Good list, Mark. For the record, I couldn’t even play Smelly Cat.

      I have a new thing for bow ties. Not brave enough to wear them often. But I own plenty. πŸ™‚

  8. Kaye Grable on January 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Im thinking you should take up the accordian, too! πŸ˜‰

  9. Leslie on January 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Learn Spanish…(think I am on year five or so of this resolution…worked really hard on it last year for a trip to Spain…got there and did not understand a word…note to self…do not learn Spanish for Latin America when traveling to Europe)

    Learn to knit socks.

    Text our kids on Sunday for prayer requests for their families and then take that to God during the week.

    Following your number six Travis. I actually make cards and I STILL don’ t get them sent. But you are so right about everyone needing encouragement. A card is so tangible and can be kept and re-read.

    Be in the moment when with people…along the lines of your idea of unplugging from all the electronics and things that make us less than available to those who need us.

    Thanks for posting your list…it’s encouraging!

  10. stephen proctor on January 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm


    Trust me, brother.

    and Gladiator, too. And Braveheart. And LOST.
    Ok, let’s just get through Middle Earth, first.

    And that history stuff… we need to have more convos about. So much i need to learn. I’m fascinated by it all. I want to know how we got to where we are today.

  11. Kay on January 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    My goodness, you’ve never seen IAWL???? Wow. How about Braveheart, The Green Mile, Dances With Wolves, or the greatest movie ever, Shawshank Redemption”? Come on, now.

    I joined the Siesta Scripture Memory Team with Beth this year and I “resolve” to keep going through 2012.

  12. His Jules(@ginsamica) on January 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I want 2012 to be the year that I was intentional! Intentional in my worship, inentional in being present with my husband and children. I want to be intentional in my relationship with Jesus and this will mean waking earlier. *yuk

    I also want to be more intentional in my acts of servanthood to the ladies in my women’s ministry and to my family and friends.

    So I am praying that 2012 will be the year that I was INTENTIONAL.

  13. CyndaP on January 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

    My husband and I have designated Tuesday night movie night. Like you, I don’t go see movies often – they just aren’t on my radar. My DH loves movies, so in 2012 we are going to go see more movies. We’ve already seen “Sherlock Holmes”, “Mission Impossible” and “We Bought a Zoo.” Did I say Tuesday night is cheap-o night at my theater? Tickets are only $6 and popcorn is $2.

  14. Christy Pond on February 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hello Travis,

    I just had the immense pleasure of being introduced to you, your lovely wife, and your incredibly talented worship team at the SSMTC in Houston last month (along with 1000 of my closest friends). I have been reveling in your group’s CDs ever since, and just came across your blog. I too am a big fan of resolutions, and we have a couple in common — I’m working to memorize the Sermon on the Mount this year (almost like a book of the Bible) with a group of Siestas, and planning to work on learning to play the guitar my wonderful husband bought for me more Christmases ago than I care to admit. I am also hoping to handwrite more notes. They mean so much to me when I get them, and I know that they bless people so much when they receive them. Such a simple gesture that can say so much, a lost art. I’ve been reading a great many amazing books in the last couple of years, so I’m continuing that by reading for a start John Stott’s commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” and David Platt’s “Radical.” Oh yeah, and Pastor Chris Seay’s “A Place at the Table” — I was blessed to get to worship with his congregation while in Houston as well. And I’m going to lead a Bible study this summer, our dear teacher’s “Breaking Free.” Looking to be a year bursting with the Lord’s abundant blessings.

    Belting out your group’s songs in my car has helped me retain the high from being on the SSMTC mountain. But I wanted to tell you that the way you and your team left the stage at the end of the celebration was the most powerful testimony I have ever witnessed from any group at any gathering, as far as making sure the focus of the worship was not on the performers, but strictly on God the Father and His Son Jesus. So grateful for you and your group’s part in the celebration. I’ll carry that powerful and poignant memory with me forever.

    The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

    Your sister in Him,


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