April 28, 2017

Ten Important Things You Should Do in 2017

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2017? Whether you set New Year's resolutions, pick a word for the year, or simply choose a handful of goals to pursue over the next 12 months, the beginning of a new year is a perfect time to step back, reassess your priorities, and set markers to steer you in the direction you want to go. There's a reason we tend to do all that in January. My theory? All the new toys and gadgets we get for Christmas inspire us to carve out time to try new things, push us to re-organize our possessions to find room for everything, and motivate us to improve a skill or expand our understanding in some area. Plus there's the whole "new calendar" vibe that encourages us [...Read More]

What Are Your Goals for 2016?

We're almost halfway through the first month of the new year! Have you forgotten your New Year's resolutions yet? Or are you digging in and staying disciplined, despite the waning motivation and monotony of hard work? Or do you still need to figure out what you want to achieve this year? I took a little extra time to carefully and prayerfully work through the 5-step process of setting great goals, and finally decided on 5 major things I want to accomplish over the next 12 months. I would love to reach for more than that -- but with a cross-country move on the near horizon and several months of transition surrounding that, I think I'll need some extra "margin" in my life to deal with the [...Read More]

How to Set Great Goals This Year

The beginning of a new year presents a great time to stop and reassess where you're heading in life. Are you going in the right direction? Are you at least inching closer to your long-term goals? Or do you need to do an about-face and shake some things up? Whether you like to call them goals, resolutions, plans, habits, or disciplines... this is a great time to set some specific direction for the coming year. But don't just write down the first things that come to mind. Here are 5 steps to set worthwhile goals that you can actually reach this year: Be prayerful. What goals will reap eternal rewards? Set some time aside to carefully consider what God might want you to pursue this [...Read More]

More Good Posts to Start Off the New Year

Most of us like to set goals, make resolutions, or at least take time to re-evaluate and re-calibrate every January. And along with that comes a flurry of new blog posts about setting and reaching those goals. Here are a few that stood out to me this year, specifically regarding drawing closer to God.   Spending Time with God: The Priority of a Daily Devotional Life, by Nancy DeMoss "Having a quiet time does not earn you brownie points with God. It doesn't make you inherently a better Christian. It’s meeting with God that makes you more like Jesus." The Practice of a Daily Devotional Life, by Nancy DeMoss "I know we feel, 'I don’t have time. How will I fit this into the day?' [...Read More]

New Year’s Resolutions for Every Christian

Have you set any goals yet for 2014? I'm actually still working on mine, taking some time to re-calibrate and pray over them, before sharing them publicly. But in the meantime, here are 5 resolutions that we should all stay focused on in the next 12 months. 1. Delight in His Word Spend time reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture this year. Internalize its truth. Post it around your house so you can meditate on it throughout each day. Think on it when you rise up in the morning, and lay down in the evening. Let it saturate your every thought! "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his [...Read More]

Resolutions for 2012

Last January I shared ten goals I had for 2011. So how did I do? Well, I didn't accomplish everything, but I certainly did more than if I hadn't planned for anything. And a little failure doesn't really bother me; it just helps me set better goals for the next year! So first, to review 2011's resolutions: Maintain consistent daily devotions: improved, and still in progress Read more theology books: started off well, but slowed down this fall due to low energy; will continue to try in 2012 Publish my first poetry chapbook: decided not to pursue at this time Finish the first draft of my book: DONE!! Lose 10-20 pounds: DONE (lost 15)!! Start bike-riding again: made some [...Read More]

Proposition for 2012

I have a proposition for you, my faithful readers. I have been reviewing my goals for 2011 and considering what I'd like to accomplish in 2012. And one specific goal I've been thinking about is trying to read through the whole Bible in one year. And I'm wondering if any of my readers would like to accomplish this with me. [...Read More]

A Resolution for Today

Tired out by Christmas? Exhausted from all the cleaning, cooking, and celebrating? Somehow the holiday season (e.g., Thanksgiving through New Year's Day) always seems to wear us out, not only physically and financially, but also emotionally and spiritually. We spend so much time going and doing, and not enough time just being. We act more like Martha's than Mary's, focusing on the tasks that need to be accomplished rather than simply resting and enjoying being with others. Can I make a suggestion? It's January, the time when many people form "New Year's Resolutions." I did so myself this year. But whether you choose to do so or not, may I suggest that you make a "Now" resolution, for today [...Read More]

New Year’s Resolutions 2011

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011!! I know that making New Year's Resolutions is a bit cliche, but you have to admit that the beginning of a new year does provide a convenient opportunity to reevaluate and set new goals. And so I am jumping on the bandwagon this year. And not just that, but I'm going a step further and putting my resolutions out there in cyberspace, in hopes that it may keep me more accountable and further motivate me to accomplish some of my goals. (After all, if you aim at nothing, you'll get there.) So without further ado: 1. Maintain a consistent daily devotion time with God, continually increasing in time and intensity. 2. Read through our plethora of recently acquired [...Read More]

How Shall They Hear?

"For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?" (Romans 10:13-15). Our church just finished a weekend mission's conference, and although I was only able to be at a few of the services, it was a blessing and a challenge to hear their exhortations to us and to focus on the need for spreading the Gospel wherever you happen to be. We don't need to go to a foreign field or even another part of the country to be in a mission field: the fields are [...Read More]