It's hard to believe that 2011 is almost history. I'm very quickly becoming a believer in the notion that time moves swifter the older we get. I'm not sure it's so much our age that makes time seem to fly. Maybe it's a busy schedule or our ability to focus on the tasks in our life and forget about time. Regardless, the year is quicly approaching a close and it's time to start setting some goals for 2012.
Webster defines a goal as the final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or attain.
I've always been a person to set goals. I'm pretty sure that I've not always reached the goals I've set but I'm alright with that. I'm sure I've accomplished more by setting goals than I ever would have without setting them. God has also given us the gift of time which provides us with plenty opportunities to adjust goals and set new goals. We have new years, new months, new weeks, new days, new hours, new minutes, and the truth is every second is an opportunity to start fresh. So I'll be taking some time in the next few weeks to set some goals for 2012.
I'm setting goals in several areas of my life...
- Spiritual Growth ~ How will I grow in the Lord in the coming year? What will my scripture reading be like? How much time will I spend in prayer? Who will I seek to influence for Christ? Where will I spend my time in ministry?
- Physical / Health ~ I'd sure love start a year with a goal to maintain my weight. This will not be that year. LOL I am setting a goal to lose weight this year, again. I'm also setting some goals in relation to excercise. How many days a week will I work out? I'm going to add weight training to my workout agenda. And of course, being a cyclist, I'll be setting some mileage goals for me and the bike.
- Family ~ God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and three beautiful daughters. I'd be a fool not to work on being a better husband and a father. I'm working on some goals in this area.
- Career ~ I hesistate to call my life as a pastor a career. But I think it's important that we set goals in whatever we do in life. What do I want to accomplish this year at Farmersville Free Will Baptist Church? Setting goals now, allows me to measure my progress along the way.
- Education ~ I've always held to the saying "Leaders Are Readers" and I'm pretty sure "Leaders Are Learners" would be accurate too. I'll be setting some goals for my continuing education. I want to be better equipped to do my very best for the Master.
- Financial ~ Is it possible to win the lottery without playing? Is it possible to hit the jack-pot without playing? (LOL) Probably not! So I guess my goals will be aimed at living with what God provides me with and being content with that. I have a couple debts I'd like to retire in 2012 and I have some savings goals in mind.
- Personal Stuff ~ I want to set aside some time for my photography, which could almost fit into my spiritual growth goals since I enjoy spending time alone with God while photographing his creation. I also need to take a vacation this year, it's been a while.
I'm just starting to put my goals together. I'll work through them during the next few weeks, refine them, and then record them in my Moleskine Journal so that I can refer back to them throughout the coming months. Maybe my list has inspired you to think about setting your own goals for the coming year.
Have you set any goals for 2012 yet? What are they? Care to share?