“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans”
(Proverbs 16:3)

How do you view the coming year? Are there new possibilities right around the corner that promise to challenge and grow you?  Or, are you like so many that are trapped in the habits or shortcomings of the past? The new year is upon us and is a white sheet of paper. Commit yourself to a few realistic and achievable goals and you won’t regret it.  Goals give us something to work towards… something to help keep us focused.  Set goals that take you out of your comfort zone and God will bless your efforts.

Don’t just casually commit goals to memory, but rather write them down; or better yet find a computer application or an app on your phone or tablet that allows you to notate your goals and track them throughout the year.  Let’s challenge ourselves to establish goals in four different areas.

Spiritual goals
(John 15:5) Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen. Decide to devote some time and energy to jump-starting spiritual growth:

1. Read the Bible each day and commit to read it entirely before the end of the year.

2. Get involved in a small group or structured Bible study.

3. Make witnessing a priority and share Jesus without fear.

Mental goals
(Proverbs 1:5) Challenge yourself by taking steps to learn or try something new.

1. Do in-depth research on a particular subject and take notes on what you’ve learned.

2. Enroll in some type of continuing education class or program.

3. Volunteer to lead a small group, teach a class, or mentor someone.

Emotional/Relational Goals
(Colossians 3:12-13)

1. Forgive – Decide to extend the gift of forgiveness for an old hurt. You’ll gain a new sense of freedom because you no longer carry a grudge.

2. Be patient – Practice patience in areas where you are historically impatient.

3. Manage anger – Make a conscious decision to control your anger and determine its sources.

Physical Goals
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Get serious about maintaining the temple that is our body.

1. Enroll in an exercise program and go! Be disciplined enough to actually work out regularly.

2. Deny yourself those tasty morsels that do nothing to adorn the temple. View food as fuel for the machine instead of gratification for the taste buds.

3. Execute a family plan that encourages physical activity and togetherness.

God can transform our lives but He needs us to do our part.  Commit to Him and yourself simple goals in each of these key areas and you are guaranteed to see results as He blesses your efforts.

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