It’s another new year — a time when many people set goals. Many people set detailed, specific goals. Some people do a few big goals. Others may choose a word for the year that encompasses the big area of concentration for the following year.
I used to do all of it. I would do a monthly blog post and share how I was doing with my goals. I would also do a word of the year. As my children get bigger, my life has actually gotten busier. I no longer am home all day with the babies. I miss that time of my life. Sometimes, I feel that my main goal is survival. Did I get done what I needed to get done that day.
I also feel that many of my goals are made for me. I have to teach 4 days a week my 4 children and 5 other children. I have to get my Sunday School lesson ready. I have to get our dinner made, laundries done, and everything for school done. Those are things that are just part of my life. And those things leave little room for much of anything else.
Just the thought of making more goals seems overwhelming at this stage of my life. Does anyone else feel that way?
However, I know I am not doing some things well. I know I need to do better. I did not sit down and spend a lot of time thinking about my goals for the next year. I have just two basic ones for now:
- Do Inductive Bible studies 4 times a week. To do this means I want to go to bed by 10:30 p.m. so that I wake up at 6:30 a.m. four times a week.
I use a subscription to Mama’s Refill for the Inductive Bible Studies, but Kay Arthur also has many inductive Bible studies (look for ones that say “The New Inductive Study Series”) and Pam Forster who writes the Bible studies for Mama’s Refill has many of the Bible studies in a book format that can be bought as well (look for “Bible Study for Busy Mamas). You can do an inductive Bible study without a book, but I like the direction these devotionals give me.
- I want to exercise 3-4 times a week. Right now, I am just walking. We have a new-to-us Jack Russell Rat Terrier. I take him for walks, but we are looking into joining a gym so that all of us can get exercise as well as do some weights. My husband is close to 50, I am almost 45, and we need to lose weight as well as get fit. My oldest children would like to be more physically fit as well.
Besides the activities that I have to do, these are the only two goals I am making this year. I want to have people over to my house. I am hoping that I will be able to do that, especially in the summer. However, I also know that I head up our VBS program in the summer, and I spend many hours preparing for the next school year. Those are things I do without setting goals.
I would like to make more homemade meals, have a cleaning schedule, and do many more things. But I also know that I only have 24 hours in a day. I have to take care of my five children’s needs, get one kid to work, get one child ready for college, take care of my husband, lead a Bible study, teach a Sunday School class. Those are my must-do’s.
Sometimes God sets the goals for our lives.
He gives us responsibilities we must do, and those take up all our time. That’s His will for our lives, and we should do those things with a good attitude, not wishing that we can live a different life by setting goals that we know we don’t have the time to accomplish. In those seasons of our life, let’s follow God’s path that He has set up for us.
Maybe the one goal we should have in those busy seasons of life is just to let God direct our path.
And of course, our ultimate goal should always be to know God better and to glorify Him in everything we do.
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