Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Goals

Goals

As cliché as it may be, a new year is the perfect opportunity to work towards growth and improvement. The last year was a rollercoaster for me. It was the best and worst of times. The grace of God has never been more evident in my life than in 2014. In order to not make some of the same mistakes again and to stop being complacent in life I wanted to write out a specific set of goals for this year. The value of physically writing out your goals is limitless. I know that if I want to see change in my life, then I must be willing to change myself. So if I can stretch myself to complete these tasks, then no matter 2015 may bring…I can be better prepared. Ultimately I know that the Lord is in control and my trust is in Him. But I also know that I must be a responsible steward of myself, time, relationships, and possessions. I can do so by investing in personal growth, improving my time management, building old relationships and cultivating new ones, and glorifying God with my possessions. My goals span all areas, including spiritual, physical, and financial. Here goes:


1. Read the entire Bible by studying specific portions of the OT and NT daily. 
I’ve read most of the Bible, but not every bit of it. I will do this by using the BiOY app by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel which provides a devotional, prayer, and passages. I will also use my own study Bible so that I can study the passages in the ESV translation. Studying the Bible is so important as it increases our faith…there is always so much to learn.

2. Memorize 24 carefully selected Bible verses to make a conscious effort of hiding God’s Word in my heart. 
On the 1st and 15th of every month, I will begin memorizing a new Scripture. I will also review the ones I have already memorized and stored. I will log my verses on Beth Moore’s SSMT online community. I will select my verses depending on what I am facing in my life or what verses are currently standing out to me. I am beginning with Joshua 1:9.

3. Drink less soda and more water.
Sweet tea and Dr. Pepper run through my veins. Bringing myself to drink at least one bottle of water a day is a huge accomplishment, seriously. Water has SO many benefits that I’m missing out on. I need to be serious about this goal. I’ve tried to drink 64 oz. a day before, and it was difficult for me. I want to gradually build up to that amount.


4. Be more active by exercising at least three times per week.
I love to exercise, but I tend to do it sporadically. I want to ride my bicycle more and do more things outside. I don’t want to have a specific “workout”…I just want to be more active in general. Basically, I don’t want to be as lazy as I’ve previously allowed myself to be. :)


5. Create a budget, and stick to it.  
I’m still researching the “how” behind this goal. I know that I need to educate myself better financially, so I’m on the search for the best possible resources to use. As part of my budget, I want to save, tithe, give, and invest. I want to be responsible in this area of my life both fiscally and biblically.

6. Add another stamp (or two) to my passport.
I’m not sure where this goal will lead me. I’m praying about this one! If I had my choice, Europe is pretty high on my list. I would love to tour some of the more prominent historical places, like Auschwitz-Birkenau. I would also love to have a mission opportunity that is faith-based while also using my nursing skills and training.


7. Be more aware of and engaged in my surroundings by using my iPhone less. 
Our dependence on smart phones drives me insane. Were it rational, I would go back to the flip phone in a heartbeat. I do use a lot of the features of my phone, like e-mail and maps; I just want to use them appropriately and healthily. I will use my phone less when I have alone time, and do my best to put it down while eating or having face-to-face interaction.


And some general thoughts… These are also goals, but they are less specific and measurable. They will be my overall “big picture” goals for this year:

Let it go. Be brave. Follow the Lord.

What’s your goals for 2015? Difficulties and challenges are to be expected, but through it all, we know that the Lord is for us and not against us. He will work everything out for our good (even when it’s not good in itself) and for His glory. The trials are an opportunity to grow closer to Him. The blessings are an opportunity to share about Him. Praying and believing for the best year yet.  But if not…He is still God, and He is still good.

XOXO!

I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do. Joshua 1:9 (NET)

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