New Years resolutions have always seemed like a thing that everyone around me sets and then (most often) fails to accomplish. A way to set up disappointment before the new year even gets started.
My roommate had a tradition that she shared with me (and I tweaked a little bit) where she takes all of these categories and sets goals for each and then checks in on them throughout the year. I added scripture I found for each category which helped lead me to the goals I set. I think it transformed the way I view the upcoming year and what I could accomplish in it. I’m going to share those today.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
- Make a budget and stick to it.
- Continue to give first; don’t let fear prevent generosity.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
- Find a mentor who leads through a posture of humility and compassion.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
- Regularly track food (MyFitness Pal).
- Build stamina and strength: at least 30 minutes of activity at least 3 times a week.
- Lose 50 lbs. this year.
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” Romans 15:5
- Be intentional about developing relationships in Uptown and Clifton (regularly show up to groups and serving role).
- Demonstrate a servant heart, both as a leader and a follower.
- Pray for my groups more regularly.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
- Get a keyboard/piano.
- Make a stained glass piece.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17
- Finish my Master’s Degree.
- Develop an understanding and application of the prophetic.
“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:18
- Pray for the right leadership to be called to Katie’s camp.
- Establish a prayer board with Katie and pray together each Sunday for the people and things on the board.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Psalm 127:2
- REMEMBER Psalm 127:2.
- Schedule rest weekly.
- Sleep at least 7 hours each night (set sleep reminders, track via Fitbit)
- Spend time at a cabin and time near some water.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:7-12
- Foster an open heart and grow in vulnerability (eyes and heart open to opportunities).
- Seek a godly man more faithfully and hopefully.