There was a time in recent years (for a long string of years) when, if you would have asked me about my goals, I would not have known what to say. I didn’t take the time to consider or name or claim or quantify my goals. I didn’t have a plan for next steps for my life, for my ministry, for our marriage, for tomorrow. “It will happen if it’s going to happen” was my motto about goals.
In the past few years, that has changed. There came a point when I felt restless and ready for something new to grow. I began to spend time with and listen to people who know the value of goal-setting. And I began to set some goals, and new things began to take root and grow and come to pass.
2018 has been a year of big goals realized. After 4 years and 85 credit hours, I have my Masters Degree. I am now ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. We have a new zip code (not that we necessarily set a goal to get rid of the former one, but this new zip code is where the church I am called to serve is). I walked 1000 exercise miles like I did in 2017. Jason was able to sell the window cleaning business he built over 13 years (more his goal than mine, but a big change for the better for us).
For 2019, I’ve set two official goals.
I will walk 1000 miles for exercise again. This year, we’re Racing Rings Around Saturn. You can learn about that challenge here. 1000 miles breaks down to about 3 a day, which keeps me moving all year long.
I will read Eugene Peterson’s “The Message” translation of the Bible cover to cover this year, including the introductions to each section and book. I think it’s probably time for me to ingest the Bible cover to cover again, and reading it in a different version will challenge me. Plus, Eugene Peterson has become an important theologian to me since I’ve become a pastor, and I’d like to study the Bible with him this way.
I also hope to work on improving my habits and story in other small ways, but those are the big goals for 2019.
What about you? What goals have you set for the new year?