We had a fabulous Christmas and spent New Year’s Eve, quietly, here at home watching movies and enjoying a ton of homemade goodies, both sweet and savory. It’s been quite cold and unusually dry. In fact, we’ve needed to run sprinklers on the lawns, and I may irrigate the orchard and vineyard this week if we don’t get any rain.
I’ve enjoyed the warmth of my home these cold, cold days. The Christmas decorations were put away late last week, but I’ve set up my collection of (mostly) blue and white snowmen to keep things cheery and festive a bit longer. Copper will be home on vacation with us for the rest of the week, unless he’s needed on an alternate shift. It’s always nice having him here with us during the day.
I’ve spent most of the week since Christmas working on the annual task of setting my goals for the coming year. No New Year’s Resolutions here! Resolutions are, generally speaking, too broad and all encompassing and are often set hastily. Resolutions frequently set the bar for accomplishment high, with no provision for how to attain that accomplishment. Failure is almost insured.
Goal setting, on the other hand, when done well, is a plan for success!
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,
But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
Proverbs 21:5 NASB
I kind of like the way the paraphrase, The Message, makes the distinction even more clear.
“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run;
hurry and scurry puts you further behind.”
Proverbs 21:5 The Message
I’m setting goals this year in nine different areas of my life:
- Family (kids and grandkids)
- Home Improvement
- Home Improvement
I’ve written down several goals for myself in each of those categories, prioritized which of my goals I’d like to get started on first, and then outlined some intermediate steps toward attaining those goals. I haven’t taken the time, yet, to outline all of my goals, only those I want to get started on now. Though I set a lot of goals at the beginning of every year, I realize that I cannot possible try to tackle everything all at once. Prioritizing is key!
Even in this process of goal setting, I’m mindful of the fact that I’m not in charge. As the pastor mentioned in yesterday’s sermon, “His goals are higher than my goals.” I want to keep my eyes and heart firmly fixed on Him, rather than on my own plans. As always, I want to hold my own plans loosely.
Carefully setting well thought out goals is just another way that we can look well to the ways of our households.