It has been really cool to see the outpouring of encouragement to me through this blog. My desire has always been to give encouragement and point people to a deeper, growing relationship with Christ, and y’all gave it right back. Thank you!!!!
Today, I want to look at the goals I set for myself this year. Some of them I crushed and others were a complete whiff. Never be scared to set goals that seem out of reach. You may not reach them, but you will be better off at least attempting than doing nothing at all. Never fear failure, fear doing nothing. I love setting BIG audacious goals and as you will see in a moment, I missed a few big time. My hope out of sharing these is that you would begin to think about your goals for next year and consider stretching yourself to improve all areas of your life: spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. One of the biggest secrets to accomplishing goals that gets overlooked is accountability. You need help to accomplish big goals. You need someone to encourage you, kick you in the back side when you are being lazy or cheating, someone to do it with you, and someone you encourage to overcome hurdles. You are not meant to do this life alone. As always, if I can help in any way, please feel free to contact me. I REALLY DO WANT TO HELP YOU!!! Without any further delays, here are my goals for 2018 with commentary.
- Daily Prayer and Bible Reading. I would love to report that I did this everyday, but I would be lying. I did this most days. Toward the end of the year, I began to make a shift toward journaling more intensely as I read. This helps me think through what I read and helps me remember it more than five minutes later. To help my prayer life, I have engaged in prayer walking. I process things better went I’m up moving than when I am sitting still. So I get up and wonder around while talking to God. The intensity and focus has greatly improved!
- Memorize new verses of Scripture. I completely whiffed on this. I think I partially memorized five verses which is now a mash-up in my mind. So I have work to do here.
- Read 10 books. I am almost done with my tenth book. I read a lot of blogs and articles, but reading books take more discipline for me. I have always struggled with reading and comprehension, so this keeps my brain stretching and growing constantly.
- Lead as many people to Christ as possible. I know I lead 1 girl to Christ and hopefully impacted many others. Evangelism is very important and I have to do my part. Evangelism is a faith building exercise that has to be practiced. Honestly speaking, if I don’t intentionally pursue it, I will neglect it. My desire is to lead many people to Christ and then help them to grow as a disciple of Christ.
- Pour into anyone who will let me. My hearts desire is to make disciples. The problem that I find is that not many people want more of Jesus. They are content with salvation only. Jesus has so much more for us than that. So that fact alone makes it difficult to make disciples. But I still pursue this call that Jesus has placed on my heart.
- Stay connected to Christ. This one seems obvious and shouldn’t have to be a goal, right? Maybe not. I know me. If I don’t wholeheartedly pursue something then I drift. My relationship with Christ is that way for sure. So I make sure that I am pursuing Him daily. If I fail today, I try again tomorrow. I will be much further along trying to pursue Him than if I do nothing at all.
- Be positive. When disappointment and discouragement cloud our view of God, it is quite easy to move into being a realist or a pessimist. I have to constantly remind myself of God’s goodness and grace. One of my favorite quotes of the year has been, “Some of the greatest discoveries occur when people readjust their eyes to see what’s best about a situation rather than what’s worst.” -Wayne Cordeiro Being positive is a choice that we must make and it will change our outlook in very difficult situations.
- Bench Press 225 lbs. 15-20 times. I have missed this one 2 years in a row now. I think I can do it maybe 7-8 times. I could push that a little higher if I had a spotter, but still missed it. I will probably revisit this one next year.
- Run 1,000 miles. Yeah, you read that correctly. I am happy to report that I am at 960.2 miles on the year. Less than 40 miles to go before the end of the year. Barring some catastrophic event, I should get this one!
- Blog 2-3 times a month. Missed this one barely.
- Eat cleaner. This is always a struggle for me. I have really good self-control, but moderation is my enemy. I can go months without sweets or junk food, but “just a little bit” will completely derail me. It doesn’t help that Amy is an amazing dessert chef and has a sweet tooth plus a great metabolism. I can sniff a sweet and gain weight. That’s why I run like crazy because I like to eat.
- 3-4 abs workout a week. I don’t have abs, I have “flabs.” So that tells you how I did.
Some of those goals might seem like nothing to you and others may feel like climbing Mount Everest. You have to set goals for you. Don’t play the comparison game. That will only squelch any enthusiasm you have for improvement. Many people set goals and do great through January, but accountability will help you from February on. Partner up with someone and get moving. Any goal you set will take lots of work over the course of the year. There will be days you want to quit or go back to the old you. This is where accountability will help you out greatly. If you are not sure which category you want to strive for this year, I would pick spiritual. Connecting with Jesus on a deeper, healthier level will overflow into the other areas of your life. Consequently, if you neglect your heart, you will see the impact emotionally, mentally, and physically. Your heart should be a priority this year and accountability is non-negotiable. Solomon had this to say about the heart in Proverbs 4:23, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” If you neglect your heart (spiritually), you are closing off life. Make an investment into your heart, and watch it pay dividends. If you need help figuring out what that looks like, shoot me a message!
I would love to hear your goals for the New Year. I haven’t set mine yet, but you know I will have them. I usually write them down and put them where I can see them daily. This helps out so much.
Grace and Peace to you as you set goals and crush them in 2019.