Whenever I have a birthday that ends in 0 I write out 10 year goals along with my 1 year goals, so in 2 more months I will be 70 years old so I am starting to think seriously about and write goals that I plan to accomplish before I am 80. Up to this point in my life these 10 year goal writing events have been fun and exciting as I try and imagine what the future holds, and what God wants me to do with my life. Many of the goals that I write I don’t even come close on, in fact I abandon them after a couple of years, but others happen just about the way I envisioned them. But this year there is the obvious questions over every goal, “what will my health be like in the next 10 years, and will I even be alive until I am 80 years old?” So in order to practice the normal crazy, audacious, reckless, and absurd goal writing that I love doing I am pretending that I am going to live to be 100 and healthy the entire time.
I teach a lot on goal setting, envisioning your life in the future, and dreaming big dreams, but very few people take it up as a normal part of their life. It always seems so strange to me that so few learn and faithfully practice the skill and discipline of goal setting. I am not sure what the reason is but I know that much of my energy and enthusiasm for life and ministry is because of my goals. If I start feeling old I just read my goals over and I get all pumped.