I’m not a great one for New Year’s resolutions. They tend to be filled with good intentions rather than plans of action. For example, I heard that 80% of those who sign up for gym memberships in January stop going by February.
Someone confessed, “My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014 and planned in 2013.”
However, I do believe in goals. What’s that old saying? “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” Goals need to be more than wishes, they need to be planned and put on the calendar. We all have areas God wants us to grow in and that means we should be willing to take time to set specific growth goals.
Here are five areas of growth that we can all work on in 2017.
- Walk with God.
How are you planning to grow in your relationship with Jesus this year? I’ve established a plan to spend time with God each day as well as quarterly spiritual retreats alone for pray and planning.
The older I get, the more I value relationships, especially with my family. One goal I have is to spend less time on my Ipad and more time face to face with others. I also have a goal to pray more specifically for my family.
We cannot ignore the importance of physical fitness. For me, I try to let my body know I’m still alive by some doing sort of exercise every day. My motto is “a little is better than nothing!”The Apostle John wrote, “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 2).
I like John Wesley’s advice.“Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can.” Thar requires a plan. Linda and I have specific goals in our finances. We consider all we have is God’s and want to be generous in our giving.
What areas can you improve in at your job or ministry? For me, a few areas are my leadership and coaching skills as well as spending more time reading.
BEFORE YOU GO…
Whatever specific plans we make, let’s make sure our ultimate goal is that we “do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
What are some of your goals in these areas for 2017? I’d love to hear what you have planned this year!