I can be such a fruitcake sometimes. I used to throw these New Years Resolution Parties in which 20+ of my closest friends would share their goals for the year, and if they didn’t have one, we would give them one. Everyone has that friend who has “always wanted to -FILL IN THE BLANK” but for whatever reason: fear, time, resources, etc – have never attained it.
It was awesome to see God’s faithfulness and what was accomplished in the journey a year later. One friend enrolled cosmetology school and is now a successful hairstylist, another decided on paint colors for the house, another met a girl and got married. Things that weren’t on the horizon before, now they had lived it out.
So what makes a goal? It has to be SMART.
The “I’m wanna lose weight” goals are great, but tell me HOW MUCH and WHEN and you’ll have me following you around like a heat-seeking missile asking how the progress is doing every so often. I’ll even log your goals in my calendar. I love to celebrate when others reach their goals. It’s inspiring. Call me weird. No seriously, do it.
So what are some of my SHORT and LONG TERM? In no particular order, here goes:
- Speak spanish fluently
- Go on a medical mission trip
Teach someone how to drive stick shift
- See an Aurora Borealis
- Snorkel/Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef
Rock a Farmer’s Market
- Visit Israel
Read through the Bible in a year.
- Read the Bible cover to cover in Spanish
- Run a marathon (top trained at 14miles then got injured)
Organize a 5k
- Write a book *recently inspired by my friend Ethan.
- Take a culinary class (believe me, I’m no Rachel Ray- I’m sure Jonathan would appreciate this one!)
Wash someone’s feet
- Visit Compassion kids
- Teach someone to read (besides my kids!)
- Memorize the book of Proverbs
- Teach someone to swim- (besides my kids!)
- Play on a CD
- Ride in hot air balloon
Start a business
- Take Jonathan to see the Mayan ruins and the Cenotes
- Become a Master Gardener
- Disciple 3 girls/year
- Save a life
Speak at a large event, 1,000+ people
- Compete in Ballroom dance
- Give away $1m
- Take photography class
All these things are totally cool. I add and reevaluate this list every so often. There’s so much not on this list that has been accomplished and it’s only by His grace. But y’know what my real goal is? To hear these words one day,
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21 (one of my fave parables)
So whether or not I hit every single one of these goals isn’t going to measure my self worth. I’m a success if I’m aligned to what He’s wants me to do and ultimately if He says I am.
I’d love to know what YOUR goals are! Feel free to keep me posted:)
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
In His Grip,