As I look back at 2010 and look forward to 2011...with I to naturally thing about personal goals. God brings me back to a very poignant word - simplicity. With that said, here is my goals for 2011 simple and sweet, with no fan fare. (I know there will be people who want to "push" me on more, there will be people who want "draw" more goals and ideas from me. Please remember these are personal goals - Simple and Sweet - collaboration with God in prayer. BOOM!)
1. Keep moving forward, growing and maturing - spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. I feel like in all these areas in 2010 - I have made significant strides in and I going to keep going in that momentum.
Spiritually - I have grown deeper in 2010...I will continue in that in 2011 with continual study in God's Word, Serving and Generosity - three things that stretch me and deepens my faith.
Mentally - Continue to read, 2010 I read my first fiction book since high school. Continue to grow myself in 2011, mentally through reading and gaining knowledge and wisdom from other voices.
Physically - Continue with morning workouts and stay physically in shape. 2010 I got into the best shape of my life, I will continue that pattern in 2011.
Emotionally - Emotional wellness comes from stability in a consistent prayer life and maintaining stability with character and attitudes. In 2011, I will continue to grow in my prayer times and keep my attitudes in check and stay grounded in the peace of God.
All these things work together. I will continue to develop all these areas in 2011. I believe these things are the foundation of everything else that will follow in 2011.
2. Keep my priorities my priorities and not compromise - with Lora and Torin and potential child number 2 in 2011. Family is more of the priority. For me, presence is the greatest gift I can give them...for me, I will NOT sacrifice my family on the altar of ministry. For me, my family is who I have after it all said and done.
I have seen too many friends in ministry and outside of ministry who have lost family and with that they have lost everything else.
My priorities are as follows - God (my faith and all I do is based off my relationship and desire to follow Christ more closely), Family (My wife and then my child(ren), my Calling (ministry to people).
3. Keep running and nurturing my dreams - I still have some life dreams I want to see achieved sooner rather than later that goes hand and hand with my calling. I believe these dreams are God inspired ideas and they need to be nurtured.
I will keep going after those dreams in 2011 and I will see them fulfilled soon!
That is it! My goals for 2011---Simple and Sweet---oh yeah---it takes work but achievable. If I achieve these goals I will be a much better person in January 1, 2012 than I am on January 1, 2011. I can also be more effective in what God has called me to do.
My encouragement to you keep your goals simple and sweet...they don't have to be elaborate, get back to the foundations.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! MUCH LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU!
A little inspiration for 2011 as you are considering your goals.