The Greatest Goal for 2013

Have you set your new year resolutions for 2013? Each year I typically determine a number of measurable goals for the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of my life. This process has helped me to keep focused and keep moving in my endeavor to become more like Jesus. This year I chose not to follow that pattern that has served me well for many years.

Charles Lindbergh, the famous American aviator, was reported to have ended each day by reviewing fifty-nine character qualities to see how he progressed that day in relationship to each one. There is some disagreement as to whether that is a true story. There is value, however, in evaluating our life as it relates to how we want to live. I believe it was Socrates who once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Without thoughtful examination and some accountability to our values and goals, years can quickly slip by us without any significant growth.

This year I want to stay focused on one goal every day. The goal could not be stated any better than how the Apostle Paul worded it in Philippians 1:20 “as it is my earnest expectation and hope that I will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” Each night in bed before I end the day in prayer with my Lord, I will ask the question “Did I courageously magnify the Lord Jesus with my life today?” As I review the events, meetings and conversations of the day, I will attempt to answer that question. Where I have done well, I will give God the glory. Where I failed or came up short, I will determine what needs to happen. Is an apology necessary? What I am going to do to make sure that it is not repeated? How could I do better? What could I do more strategically and intentionally? Did I miss opportunities? Why?

If you do not have a plan for 2013, let me recommend this plan of the Apostle Paul. Have a great 2013 and may it be a year where we all magnify the Lord.

One Response to The Greatest Goal for 2013
  1. Adam

    Great thoughts Pastor Doug! As always, thanks for constantly emcouraging and challenging Christ followers to reexamine their daily walk with Him in every arena of life.