Goals and Plans

On New Year’s Eve (this will tell you just how exciting our life is!), Kevin and I sat down with our Mac and worked through some goals for 2011.  For about the last three years, we’ve taken the time at the end of each year to evaluate some key areas of our life (spiritual, relational, financial, physical and parenting) and set forward some goals to work toward in the coming year.  Obviously, there were several goals for 2010 that were not met, but when we planned our 2010 goals, we had no idea God would bring three children into our lives in the manner and time-frame that He did.  So, we’re okay with the fact that we had to forego some of our original plans…what we gained was far better!

Given the year that we just finished and recognizing that 2011 could possibly bring even more transition (Kevin is currently looking for a pastoral staff position and we hope the Lord will provide something soon), we decided this would be a year to set simple, very realistic goals.  For example, my relational goals were to maintain three of my current, very important friendships and have one family from our church over for dinner once a month.  Pretty basic, huh?!  For our parenting goals, we discussed where each of our children were at, developmentally and spiritually and listed one area that we wanted to devote more attention to in the coming year.  We usually reference these goals every  month or so to keep us focused and of course, devote them all to prayer as we know we will fail miserably to do any good at all apart from the Lord working in and through us.

As we’ve discussed and thought through our goals, my mind continues to circle around whether or not I should continue this blog.  I go back and forth as to whether I have the time to do it justice (remember, I’m the gal who just can’t do anything half-way!) and whether I really want our life out there for all the world to see.  For now, my plan is to scale back my postings…hopefully I can get 4-6 posts a month, one of which will be pictures for my family who doesn’t live near and one will probably be a recipe.  That gives me three to four posts of actual content (which are my favorite to write but also require time…a commodity that isn’t available much during this season of life!).  We’ll see how it goes.  I also don’t plan to publish a book list this year.  As you’ll notice, I didn’t quite make it through my 2010 list and reading (again something I love) is very difficult to fit into my day.  When it comes to “me-time” on most days, I have the choice of running or reading, and running usually wins!  I’ve tried reading in the evenings, but my brain and body are so tired that I’ve found it almost impossible to retain information.  So, while I’m sure I’ll read a few books this year and I promise to review what I read, I know that there’s no point in setting out a specific goal in this area!

There’s a passage in Scripture that God has continually brought to mind as this year has begun.  It can be easy to become consumed and overwhelmed with all I hope to accomplish this year, especially given that I’m such a task-oriented person.

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” James 4:13-15

I really have no idea what tomorrow holds.  But the God in whom I have entrusted my soul has His perfect plan for me, for my husband, for my children.  I have goals, plans and hopes for the coming year, but I desire the Lord’s will to be done in my life most of all and that may very well mean laying down some of my plans so that His can reign.