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In the past I have been “that guy” who made fun of people with the new year resolutions and goals. I just avoided the entire process and decided that I was just going to work hard in the coming year and see what happened. Why did I need goals? I learned one thing in 2010. I need those goals. Last year I made a list of my personal and ministry goals for the year. Some of the goals I accomplished and some I adjusted mid year and learned from (AKA, I messed them up!). The amazing thing was that through the entire year I remembered that I had set goals and it made me think more carefully about the choices I made. My 2010 goals did make a difference in my life even though I didn’t allow them to dominate my life. I made the goals and I had the freedom to adjust to goals…they were my goals. Goals should not be a burden, they should provide direction. They help me remember the big picture over the immediate want in my life. So why not take some time during you Christmas break to sit down and think about where you want to be in 2011. Why not make some personal and ministry goals? Here are a few questions to ask if you are going to set some goals for 2011…

  • What are some ways I need to stretch myself to be more like Christ in the coming year?
  • What are some areas of ministry that need my attention in 2011?
  • What do I need to do at home to be a better parent or spouse in 2011?
  • What are some things I need to start doing?
  • What is on my STOP DOING list for 2011? (this may be as important as what to do!)
  • What are a few projects that I want to accomplish in the coming year?

Today I looked back at my 2010 goals. I missed on a few of them but for the most part I made progress on every goal I set. I have to believe that did not happen by accident. This next week while I am on vacation I am going to set some 2011 goals. I hope you will too! Dream big and make 2011 count.