Every new year, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always written resolutions or sets of goals. And to my dismay, most of my resolutions were completely forgotten about before the end of January. I was extremely fortunate if I even remembered at least one of my goals for the entire year.
Well, things will change.
Every year since my first ever doing this, I’ve said, “This year will be different, things will change,” yet nothing really does change, and time after time I completely lose sight of achieving these goals.
This year, rather than writing the longest list of goals I could think of, I decided on just five. Five goals that I want to focus on.
I want to direct my energy on these five goals instead of a heap of goals piled up without much thought or even intention of ever achieving them.
I’m not saying that shortening the list will make all the difference, certainly it will take devotion, dedication, and faithful hard work in order to achieve my goals.
So without further ado, here are my 5 goals for 2018.
#1: Make Bible Reading a Daily Habit
Reading the Bible is so important to me, it’s where I find God’s guidance and direction. Without it, I would be lost.
Although it’s a high priority, I still find myself being very inconsistent. This past year I would read consistently for a month or two and then fall apart and not read it consistently everyday for a couple of months, then another month or two of consistent daily reading and again I fell into another two months of maybe reading it 2-3 times a week, but not everyday.
In 2018, my goal is to break past that two month barrier and consistently read the word everyday, making it a habit that will last the whole year and dedicating myself to reading the word daily whether I feel like it or not.
#2: Spend More Time In Prayer
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about how important prayer is and how necessary it is and how much of it I lacked in my life. In 2018, my desire is that I’ll spend more time in prayer. Something that will greatly benefit my spiritual life and help me keep my focus on Christ in every action and thought.
#3: Read 40 Books
Yeah, 40 books in one year. That’s a lot for me. Right now, I plan on reading a book every week and hopefully getting ahead of the game a little. There are so many benefits to reading great books and reading 40 books in a year should help expose me to some of the great reading out there. Also, it should be a fun and great learning experience.
#4: Be More Consistent in Writing and Blogging
I recently read something that really stood out to me.
“Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep on writing.” — Bonnie Friedman
It’s not about working really hard for a short time crafting perfect sentences, it’s about sticking with it through thick and thin and never giving up when it gets tough. Really this can be applied to all of my goals, especially Bible reading. Consistency is key.
Right now, I want to post on my blog twice weekly. Likely on each Monday and Thursday. Also I plan to write everyday, whether it’s just in my journal or crafting a blog post, I want to make writing another daily habit. Not only to improve my writing but because it’s something I love doing. I also want to offer you, my readers, with my best. And the first step toward that goal is by being more consistent posting here on the blog.
#5: Glorify God in Everything
I honestly have no idea what big choices I’ll have to make this year or what new opportunities 2018 has to offer, but whatever they are I want to bring God glory in all of them. But not just in the big things, the little things too.
You may have noticed the recent change on my blog, I wrote in the tagline of my site’s title, “all for the glory of Christ.” This isn’t just for my blog, or for just for my “spiritual life” but in every part of my life. Every thought, every action, to glorify God. And even if I fail in all my other goals, I want this one to be true, that I’ll be wise in big decisions and little ones too, all to glorify Christ.
What are your goals?
Do you have goals for 2018? I would love to hear all about your goals for this year, let’s get in touch!