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5 Reasons You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing (Feature Friday 12/20/19)

I’ve been doing it for the past 4 years faithfully now. When I began doing it, the process was clunky, unnatural, painstaking. It took me far greater time to figure out how I would do it, than the time to actually begin doing it. Some years it goes smoothly and quickly while other years it still takes considerable time. But the truth is, writing my goals down has made me much more effective at reaching and accomplishing the goals that are really valuable to me.

Let me be clear, these are not New Year’s resolutions. As Michael Hyatt says, “…while New Year’s resolutions don’t work, goals do.” The process I go through at the end of each year is not making resolutions, it is setting goals. These are pursuits I want to accomplish or see improved in my life, not just things to check off a list. For instance, one goal I had last year was to “Take my wife on a date at least once a month in 2019”. I was thinking actual, real, well-thought-out dates, not just an hour without the kids in our living room (although those types of dates are needed as well). The amazing news is, we actually did it. We can go back and look at our calendars and see the date, times, and locations of all 12 of our dates (well 11, our final one is coming up tomorrow…). I am convinced this never would have happened, or been far less likely to happen if I had not written the goal down and reviewed those goals.

Writing my goals down every year has changed the effectiveness at which I accomplish my goals. I am still far from perfect at accomplishing every goal I write down, but I am far more successful at reaching them each year now that I am writing them down. If you want to reach some new goals in 2020, or you would like to make more than a New Years’ resolution that will be forgotten by springtime, check out Michael Hyatt’s “5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well as New Year. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. Enjoy the article and I’d love to hear what some of your goals are for 2020.

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Feature Friday (01/04/19)

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe, but 2019 has rolled on in. 2018 is gone, never to return again. Out with the old and in with the new. And with every new year, there are always new resolutions, commitments, or intentions. What you call them is not nearly as important as what they are and what you do with them. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions (I prefer the term goals) I make them almost every year. This year was no different.

When sitting down to consider and make my goals each year I try to make a goal for each major area of life: spiritual, marital, physical, familial, social, financial, and professional. While each of these areas is important to me and my values, none more so than the first – my spiritual life. A typical and vital goal to any spiritual growth plan is Bible reading. But whether you’re new to the Bible reading world or been doing it for a while there is one question that seems to be raised quite often as you read through the Bible: “How should we read the Bible?”

Should we read it literally? Figuratively? Literarily? Ordinarily? To help answer this question and engage on many of the finer points of the dilemma of how to read the Bible well is Greg Koukl with his article, “The Bible: Reading the ‘Ordinary’ Way“. Have you ever wondered if Genesis 1 is a historical or poetic account? Or what about the laws of Moses, were the Israelites to abide by them specifically or generally?

Koukl’s article addresses both of those issues and many more while providing a robust answer to how best to read the Bible. As always enjoy the Lord’s day with the Lord’s people.

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Feature Friday (12/28/18)

As I sit in a recliner at the house I grew up in I can’t help but reflect on years past. I recall riding around this town on my bicycle exploring every nook and cranny this place had to offer. My memory brings to the forefront the years of driving the back country roads with friends, often at higher than reasonable speeds. While I am not one to sit around reminiscing old times that often, I can’t help at the end of each year looking back to the previous 12 months.

Reflecting on the past year should come as no surprise or as anything out of the ordinary to most. At the end of every year and beginning of the new, it is typical to find people making resolutions. More recently I have gotten in the habit of making annual goals for myself. I make goals in multiple areas of life: physically, emotionally, familially, vocationally, and spiritually. My tendency is to keep it to 7-10 goals so as not to overwhelm myself into failure. But there is one goal that is always a part of that planning I would like to encourage you to include in your new year’s resolutions as well.

An excellent annual goal would be in the area of Bible engagement. Anyone who has heard me teach or interact in a group for any length of time surely has heard my passion regarding Bible study, reading, or engagement. So I want to encourage you, my readers, in this endeavor this next year. Make a goal. It should be a challenge, yet realistic. It should stretch you, but not burden you. In case you have never embarked on this type of journey before and are unsure of what “studying your Bible” may even look like, check out Brian Tabb’s article “10 Tips for Getting Started with Inductive Bible Study“.

I hope you enjoy the New Year. Remember the past, look forward to the future, but always seek to enjoy the present. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day and enjoy the article!

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Feature Friday (12/29/17)

It’s Friday afternoon. I sit in my office contemplating the meaning of hope. What is it? How does it impact my life? And what do I put my hope in? It seems like every end of the year I go through this. I contemplate the last year. Look forward to the next and ask some important and intentional questions.

Questions like: what do I want to accomplish next year? Or what could I improve upon personally, spiritually, vocationally in the coming year? I realize all of these questions have to do with hope. And even as a follower of Jesus, finding and maintaining hope can be difficult in our day and age. But thankfully Joe Henegan offers some help.

In his article, “What 2018 Holds For Us: The Upside”, Joe offers 4 important positives 2018 will give us. As Joe says it, “There’s a lot to be excited about as we face a new year of Gospel growth worldwide.” I need to hear that and I agree.

I hope you will enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (12/15/17)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…2018! Wait, What?! It seems like I was just getting used to it being 2017. I was just getting comfortable with the rhythm and routine of 2017. I finally was beginning to make some headway on my 2017 goals. And here we are just 2 short weeks away from another year ending. We are just 15 days away from the start of 2018. Does that overwhelm anyone else?

Thinking about starting another year can be stressful. Add to that the hustle and bustle of Christmas, kids being home on break, and any kind of travel or visiting with family and friends and depression and anxiety can overwhelm. And let’s not even begin to talk about how I did on those “resolutions” or as I call them, goals. But the truth is: I need goals, and so do you.

But how do you choose areas for improvement? How can I decide what goal I want to focus on first? Should it be work? Or family? Or exercise? (Definitely, not exercise). Or maybe it’s personal? Could it be financial? There are so many areas in which I want to improve and I may make goals for each year, but actually accomplishing any of them, let alone all of them seems a high task. But there is help.

Michael Hyatt has generously put together an awesome assessment to help us analyze what area of life we may want to focus on improving first. He calls it “The Lifescore Assessment“. It is an easy assessment that takes no longer than 10 minutes. So if you are sitting around this Christmas break thinking or trying not to think about goals for the new year, why not start with “The Lifescore Assessment” to give you at least one area to begin with.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Welcome to 2015!

IMG_0280A new day, a new week, a new month, a new year, and for me a new baby girl…new places to go, new people to get to know, new tasks to accomplish and the ever so infamous new goals. Yep, it’s that time of year again. A time to evaluate the past, look to the future, and resolve to do it in the present. With every new year come several new resolutions we would like to commit to. However, rarely do these goals get accomplished unless they are planned for in a S.M.A.R.T. way. So as you commit to your resolutions this year here are 5 simple tips to accomplishing your goals.

S – Specific. Goals must be stated in a specific manner. Too often the goals I make I fail to meet not because they are bad goals, but simply because they were not specific enough. Instead of saying I will go to the gym more, I must commit to going to the gym X amount of times or on certain days.

M – Measurable. Resolutions must also be measurable. When I make a resolution that is impossible or difficult to measure I am bound to fail. So instead of stating that I will spend more time in prayer this coming year, I should commit to praying every day for 15 minutes.

A – Attainable. The aims we make each new year must be attainable. While I would like to think I can do it all, I must be realistic and recognize my own limitations and the limitations of my life. In place of aiming to workout everyday of the year when I the past year I only worked out 3 times a week, a more attainable aim of working out 4 times a week would be best.stuck-on-repeat1

R – Repeatable. Goals should be broken down to repeatable tasks. When making year long goals we rarely will be able to keep ourselves accountable in the long run if the goal is not repeatable throughout the year. So to replace that goal of working out more this year, I must state it as a repeatable tasks such as working out 3 times a week throughout the year.

T – Time Sensitive. Resolutions must be time-sensitive. The old adage holds true, “if it were not for the last minute, nothing would get done.” In a world of procrastination, without a deadline nothing is accomplished. Instead of resolving to read through the entire Bible this year, a better resolve to accomplish the same goal would be to read X chapters of the Bible each day or week.

Let’s be honest, while we all want to accomplish every goal we set out to do, the reality is not every one of our goals will be accomplished. However, with better planning and goals more of those resolutions will come to fruition.Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil

Here is to a new year, new adventure, and new resolutions!

Make sure to stop by every Monday and Friday here at Preacherontherun because a resolution of mine this year is to have a creative post every Monday and a collective post every Friday.

Until Next Time!

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