As I start writing my goals for this next year I ask myself, “What do you want to do?” My goals are like looking at a menu at a fine restaurant, I can’t eat everything on the menu, so I have to decide what I will eat and what I won’t eat. Most of what I decide not to eat I like, and I would eat it if we went to someone’s house and that is what they cooked. But when given a wide variety of choices I go with what I like the best. As I think about my goals there are so many things I would like to do, but I don’t have enough time and energy so I have to choose. Sometimes in a months time while I am writing my goals I will change my mind a dozen times, back and forth, back and forth. I want to build a car from scratch using plans I bought on line, it would be so much fun, so challenging. But I also want to restore my 1950 Ford club coupe with a Flathead V8 and really hop it up, that will be an awesome car. But I can’t do both. I might live long enough to do one and then the other when I finish the first, so back and forth I go! There are so many things that I want to do in ministry, but I could only do them all if I lived to be 150 years old, so I have to choose.
One of the reasons that goal setting is such a good thing to do is that I think and ponder as I decide how I am going to use my time, my life, and I don’t live my life impulsively just going with the easy most convenient choice. I think, I pray, I ask other’s advice and counsel, and I write, and when I finally decide I am convinced that it is God’s will for my life.