Exercise more. Stop smoking. Write the grandchildren more often. Learn to fly. Read the entire Bible. Manage financ-es better. Complete the project in the wood shop. Organize all the recipes.

Do any of these sound familiar? Some of us are pondering a new goal for the new year, do you have one?

For many if us, creating goals that are achievable is the first step in accomplishing them. While it may be exciting to stretch ourselves and push beyond our levels of comfort, those goals seem to be more difficult to accomplish on our own.

Another strength in accomplishing a goal is inviting God to share the journey with you. Even better is to invite God to the goal-setting planning meeting! When we are considering our goals and plans this year, why not speak to God about the details?

I want my personal goals this year to be shaped by God’s desires for my life. I’m reminded of the letter to the early church in Philippi: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heaven-ward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV)

While exercising more is a good idea, how might your increased strength be used for God’s glory? By lessening one’s smoking habit, how might the money saved be used to build God’s kingdom? And increased correspondence with one’s grandchildren is a great way to express love, as well as sprinkling in relevant bits of wisdom from scripture. Whatever your goals are this year, I’m happy to pray for your endeavors. Drop by, share a phone call or an email.  I’ll share how you can pray for my goals as well!

I love you all, Pastor Aaron

PS: Click on January SPIRE 2014 to read about what is happening at the church this month!