Forward motion?

How has your year started? Slow, relaxed or fast paced? Have you hit the ground running, or just hit the ground? January can typically be a time where we are relaxing, spending time with family and friends before the ‘real year’ kicks off in February, but I would encourage you to yes, be relaxed, but also spend time thinking in a ‘forward motion’. What I mean by this is to spend January setting some goals that you can work towards this year that are achievable, but can’t be achieved without the help of the Holy Spirit. Below are some thoughts around setting goals in a holistic approach:

Begin by putting some headings that reflect the kind of year you want to have and then set goals around those headings.

Faith:
Set a goal around going deeper in your faith.

Finance:
Set a goal around paying off debt (if you have any), how much you want to save and how much you want to give this year.

Family:
Set a goal around how your family will be strengthened, how relationships with your children/grandchildren (if that applies to you) will be furthered. Set a goal around a family holiday, or family nights, or around one on one times with your children.

Physical/Health:
Set a goal around improving your fitness, your eating. (I recommend cutting out sugar). Stretch yourself this year, (run 310 km’s over the month of Jan like me!!!) for a cause.

We have a partnership with Healesville Fitness so if you go there and let them know that you go to the church they will wave your joining fee. That is a saving of $35.

Marriage/relationships:
Set a goal around strengthening, going deeper with friendships, with your spouse, with those you have lost contact with.

Missional:
Set a goal of how you will make a difference in the local community and beyond. How will this community be better just because you followed God to where he led you in it?

These headings are just a guide but for Kate and I we have used these headings when setting goals for a few years now and it has really helped to clarify the kind of year we want to have and at the end of it we feel like the year has been purposeful.

I pray that 2016 will be a year that is purposeful for you. Enriched by the grace of God and the power of His incredible Holy Spirit.

See you this week for the beginning of ‘This is Your Life’ as I interview Ps Joel Hawting.

Blessings and peace,

 

Ps Neil Milton

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