I’m not one who believes in new year’s resolutions. I’ve done them and failed (almost every time). However, after working for Team Expansion (a church planting organization), I found great value in setting goals. Dictionary.com states that a goal is: ”the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.” A resolution is an intention. I guess they can both be the same thing, but in my mind, effort is much greater than intention.
As student ministers, we are often required to set goals for our ministries. We have leaders, other ministers, and elders that expect us to follow through with our goals. I was listening to a sermon by Mark Driscoll the other day about being a true man in marriage and God spoke to me about my lack of goal planning at home. Fellow pastors and leaders…why do we neglect our planning at home? I challenge you to put as much effort in being the spiritual leader of your home as you do being a great pastor. I write these things, not to cast judgement on everyone, heck, I do it too! At some point though, we’ve got to step it up.
So, the other night, I had a conversation with my wife about setting goals. We’ve both been working on a couple things we’d like to see happen this year in our spiritual lives and married life. We both came up with 5 reachable goals. It’s not to late to have that conversation with your wife. Go ahead…put down your screen and go have a conversation!
What are some goals you need for your family?