I had a number of thoughts of things I wanted to do this year. I had things I want to finish, things to try. I wrote them down and it looked like a big “to do” list. Then I started to group them together. I thought I had a goal but not quite. As I worked through this, I decided on my word for the year.
Somehow the Word of the Year came easier than the goals but then I began to look at my lists and my word for the year and it all came together.
My goals for 2018 are all based on growing. When I looked up the definition of grow, I realised that things need to be nurtured to grow. So I need to nurture and focus on these goals. These goals should help to determine what I do this year.
1. Grow deeper in my relationship with God
Why? God is my loving heavenly father. He desires a relationship with me and I want to grow in knowing and serving him.
- Reading through the Bible
- In Depth studies
- Memorising passages of scripture
2. Grow in health and strength
Why? I need to do this so that I am a good steward of my body. I want to glorify God in this way.
- Lose weight – getting to my target weight
- Run another 10K and get a new Personal Best
- Get more haircuts than 2017 (I only got my hair cut once and really I need to do it more often.)
3. Grow in my relationships with others
Why? God has called us to live in community. We are to serve one another, love one another, pray for one another. In order to do that I need to be develop and grow in my relationships. This is going to be a challenge because it includes so many people — immediate family, extended family, local friends, friends far away, supporters, and more.
- Outings with family
- Text and Skype
- Coffee/Tea with friends
- Letters and email
4. Grow in efficient and effective use of our home
Why? I desire for our home to be easy to maintain so I have time for other things. I want it to be easy to practice hospitality.
- Use and enjoy things
5. Grow my blog
Why? I want to use my experience and the truth of God’s Word to encourage others.
- Write regularly
- Create a workbook for A Fruitful Year
- Create journaling prompts
6. Grow and enjoy my hobbies
Why? This can bless my family and others. This gives me a creative outlet.
- Read 60 books (I have categories of books and types of books broken out.)
- Sew 4-6 quilts (this is going to stretch me
- Keep scrapbooking caught up
- Less Unfinished projects
I am sure some of the things under the goal might change but keeping the goal in mind will help know what are the important things to do to reach that goal.
2 Peter 3:18 fits with my goal for the year. To grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and to bring him glory in my life. I have been writing that in the margin of my planner each week so that I can keep the goal in front of me.
What are your goals for 2018? Share some of them in the comments.