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Setting Goals For The New Year
We post them on the fridge and separate them into three sections: Personal, natural
and spiritual. Then we also have a family goal.
If you don’t set goals, you just let stuff go.
Before I get to my and our 2018 goals, I wanted to reflect on 2017.
One of the goals for 2017 was planning my weeks. For me, that was difficult because
I’m not natural planner, though I recognized it was something I needed to do.
It was actually my gift to Jesus.
A few years ago, I said the following during a Christmas message.
“Christmas is the only birthday where everybody gets a present, except the person
whose birthday it is!”
So my gift to Jesus in 2017 was to plan better.
It impacted ministry and my family
life. It was something He needed
me to do — and I’m proud that I
did pretty well. I would estimate
that I planned out 85% of my
One of the things I was
intentional about was planning
out my prayer. If I don’t, I find
there’s so much other stuff to do,
then you wind up doing eight
things, and prayer gets left off.
I can’t afford to do that.
So I planned for prayer every morning, as soon as I get up. I planned for prayer
between 11 and 12 and then another ½ hour later in the afternoon. I also
planned another 30 minutes in the evenings 3 nights a week. Planning my weeks
helped me be more productive. I already know there are things that won’t get done,
but there are fewer things that didn’t get done.
For 2018, my spiritual goal is to do a better job of spending time on the most important
things. Rick Renner says something to the effect of, "85% of what you do, someone
else can do. 10% of what you do, someone can be trained to do. 5% of what you do,
only you can do. Now, this may not be true for everyone, but it is definitely true for me
– and probably for most pastors.
So I want to get closer to that. The stakes are getting higher and higher. I recognize
how much time I spend doing stuff that others can do, to the exclusion of things only I
could do. So my spiritual goal for 2018 is to spend as much of my time as possible on
the 5% that only I can do, because if I don’t, that means very important things don’t get
My natural goal is to be more consistent in working out. If I am going to be able to do
what God has called me to do — to lead this ministry — I have to be healthy to do it.
There are so many people who would be doing more for God, if their health allowed it.
I’m going to get back to running three days a week. When I accepted the responsibility
of being senior pastor, my schedule changed, and my running dropped to two days a
week. But actually, I haven’t even done two the last few weeks!
My kids are still young, and I want to be able to do things with them and be healthy. I’ve
already substantially changed my diet so now I need to get back to running, and doing
As for a family goal, we’re going to have a Game Night once a month. A few months
ago, I had gone to the store and bought some stuff. My wife saw the bank statement
and asked about it.
“Don’t worry about it. I’ll show you.”
I had purchased Nerf dart guns for everyone in our family. One day, when everyone
got home, I put them on the table, and I said, ‘We’re going to play capture the flag with
Nerf dart guns.”
We each got clips, and we planted flags then we played capture the flag. If you got hit,
you’d have to freeze for 10 seconds. We had a blast! My wife and son won, because
my wife is ruthless. My gun and my daughter’s gun both jam, and she shoots us.
We said, “Wait a minute. Our gun jammed!” She said, “That’s not my problem.” So she
captured our flag while our guns were jammed. Cold.
Do you have goals for 2018? Let me know what they are, and I’ll pray for you!