On our anniversary this year Charity and I talked about some of these things so I figured I would share some of my goals for this year:
When I told Charity this was my main goal for the year she laughed at me; and rightfully so. See I only have one class left until I graduate with my Masters degree. I am super excited to be done with the degree but I am more excited about what my education has done for me. Education has helped me worked through past issues, helped me grow as a person and has increased my effectiveness as a leader. Seminary has been so good for me so this will be a huge chapter closing in my life.
BE A BETTER DAD
My next two goals have to do with a transition in my life. See when I graduate seminary I am going to have some more time on my hands. My personality is such that I like to stay busy and I like to see results. I am committed to what I put my mind to and this year I am putting my mind to being a better dad. I told Charity that with my responsibly in seminary coming to an end I want to take more time to focus on our family. Obviously seminary has taken time, and money, for me to complete. I would like to give that time, and money, back to our family in being a better dad.
BE A BETTER HUSBAND
I think that I could have probably put this one before being a better dad, and in my mind it comes first, but it flows better this way. See I have given a whole bunch to our church in the last seven years. I love my church. I love seeing people find Jesus. I love seeing students grow in their relationship with Christ. I love hearing about people who find groups to get connected in. This year though I am going to shut my phone off more to give more to my wife. Charity has been such a huge support in my pastoral role and this year I want to give the church less and give my wife more (some of you are going to think I'm crazy for writing this).
READ MY BIBLE THIS YEAR
For the last eight, maybe nine, years I have made a commitment to read my Bible from cover to cover. This year I plan on doing the same thing but I want to take some people along for the ride. See God's word is extremely interesting. The Bible is full of stories that capture the imagination and reveal truth in a relevant way. This year I am committing to read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with a group of people so we can share the knowledge with each other.
Now that I have shared my goals, what are some of your goals? What is motivating you this year and what will you focus on? Much of what I am sharing here comes from a conversation with a great friend in ministry. One day, on the phone, he said this to me:
"Being a better pastor will not make me a better Christian, husband or dad but being a better dad, husband and Christian may make me a better pastor."