Make 2012 better than 2011

Don’t you just love New Years? The amount of optimism about things to come is never more contagious, and there is such a spirit of “I can do this.” New years offers us a fresh start, a chance to hit the reset button. No matter what the last year brought us, we get to “essentially” start over January 1st. Maybe we didn’t accomplish what we hoped to the past year, we get a whole new year to dry and make things happen.

And We know you all have goals, and the last few days I have read some really great posts about the new year and things a lot of you want to work on.

But are you just making goals because they sound good? Or are you making clear milestones of progress. The last few days, I have spent a lot of time talking with both Students and Volunteers in our Ministry, and really just asking for feedback on one question:

“Where was our ministry 6 months ago, and where do we need to be 6 months from now?”

Really, its a very simple question, but I have gained so much insight into the state of our ministry, as well as seen/heard signs of progress in the overall health of our ministry. From some of the answers, I have gleaned what our goals in our ministry need to be.

But I believe this principle is one that we should carry over into our own lives. I’ve set a lot of goals for myself for 2012; I’d like to lose 30 pounds, I’d like to read through the entire Bible, I’d like to write more. But these are not things that will make 2012 better than 2011. No for that, I have to be real honest with myself and ask the question:

“Where was I last Year, where am I now, where do I want to be a year from now.”

So this new years, lets go beyond the shallow goals that are easy to set, and lets really evaluate where we need to grow in our own lives, so that we can truly make 2012 a better year than 2011.

14 Comments

  1. I think you are onto something. I feel similar about it. Some get to a certain point of influence and repackage what they say over and over. Also If the older voices want younger ones, why not ask for it? Or give opportunities. Good post!
  2. I think you are onto something. I feel similar about it. Some get to a certain point of influence and repackage what they say over and over. Also If the older voices want younger ones, why not ask for it? Or give opportunities. Good post!
  3. Great post! I've felt the same way about some of the blogs that I've been reading for a while. I've been looking for new voices and found some really great ones over the past year or so. I wanted someone who was in the trenches too.
  4. Great post! I've felt the same way about some of the blogs that I've been reading for a while. I've been looking for new voices and found some really great ones over the past year or so. I wanted someone who was in the trenches too.
  5. I like the idea here but I'm willing to bet that most voices worth listening to are far too busy being pastors in the trenches. Guys that really know what they're doing and have been doing it for decades are really more interested in the kids that God has entrusted to their care. My advice is to find a guy who has been around a while in your area and ask him/her to mentor you.
  6. I like the idea here but I'm willing to bet that most voices worth listening to are far too busy being pastors in the trenches. Guys that really know what they're doing and have been doing it for decades are really more interested in the kids that God has entrusted to their care. My advice is to find a guy who has been around a while in your area and ask him/her to mentor you.

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