Every January, millions and millions of people, both young and old, male and female, and believers and nonbelievers, create New Year resolutions. As you know, this is a popular and traditional trend that people use to modify their behavior to improve their life.
Though I appreciate the term “New Year Resolutions”, it’s just a more fun and cavalier way of setting goals. As we all prepare for 2019, I’d like to share 5 goals I believe every person should have as we march into the new year:
- FAITH GOAL: As a pastor, I must have faith goals. We are people of faith, therefore, we should have faith goals. Perhaps you need to plan to read the Bible more, study the Bible more, attend Sunday worship more often, pray longer and stronger, and/or share your faith with more people and invite them to worship.
- FAMILY GOAL: I have a young family, and I’m told quite often that the days will be long, but the years will be short. As we receive this wisdom, we must proceed accordingly, maximizing our time with our family. That means constantly dating and loving your spouse. It also means ensuring we are our child’s #1 fan. Our family is our first ministry, and we must steward it properly.
- FINANCE GOAL: In 1994, the late Barry White released the song, “Practice What You Preach”, and this should be a song of conviction for all of us. Our financial stewardship is critical as leaders, parents, and believers. We should all set financial goals so money is more of a blessing and less of a burden.
- FITNESS GOAL: As we lead our biological family and spiritual family, we should reflect the importance of health and wellness. Our consumption of “fun and fried foods” should be in moderation. Drinking more water and working out 2-3 times per week should be the expectation. Set a fitness goal so you can operate at optimal levels for yourself, your family, and your church family. After all, your body is a temple, and you only get one!
- FUN GOAL: I am a bi-vocational pastor and it requires me to work long hours and make sacrifices than many people don’t know about. We all work hard and make necessary sacrifices for a multitude of reasons. To avoid burning out, we deserve a break. You deserve to enjoy life and have fun. Plan a vacation. Plan many and mini-vacations. If finances are temporarily tight, plan a staycation, eat a good meal. Go bowling. Go dancing. Play pool. Enjoy live music. Go to a comedy show, but whatever you do, schedule dedicated time away from working so you can enjoy living and laughing with loved ones.
Our lives should be enjoyed not endured. It is our responsibility to set goals that are challenging, safe, and have our best interests at heart. So, consider these 5 goals and let’s move forward in 2019 together!