Yep, another year. Tonight I’ve thought about the upcoming year differently than usual. Instead of focusing only on my intentions for the upcoming year, I’ve thought a lot about the unpredictables. What might change? How will things be different? Who will be the next President? How will the economy perform? The questions are endless. How about the biggest of all… will Jesus come again this year?
I can’t control any of these variables. I don’t get to decide who is born and who dies in 2008. I do, however, get to trust the Almighty God who providentially rules my galaxy! And I get to make choices until Jesus returns. I get to decide stuff! What an awesome freedom, and what a great responsibility. So what do I hope to accomplish this year? What do I choose or intend on January 1, 2008 for my new year? Here are some “good intentions…”
- I want to connect with God daily through His Word and prayer. Additionally, I’d like to find more quiet, meditative moments.
- I want to love my wife and daughter and find great moments of soul-to-soul connection with each of them.
- I want to touch the world with the gospel, extending from Bentonville all the way to Moscow and back again!
- I want to be a better leader and lead others to be better leaders as well. I want to keep my focus on developing people and not just growing a church.
- I want to find more ways of getting “out of the office and into the world,” so to speak, to touch the lives of lost people directly, where they live.
- I want to develop my personal hobby (okay, a little more than a hobby) of web development by learning a few new programming languages, primarily to help the Kingdom reach out online.
- I want to give all… yes all… all of my time, my talent, and my treasure to the gospel.
Will these intentions be kept? I hope so. I’ve avoided setting specific goals so I can focus on just growing a step at a time toward a more heavenly life on earth. What’s your intention?
May God bless your new year!
Oh, and one last intention… to write next year’s list before 2:49 a.m. on January 1, 2009!