New Year Resolutions are tricky for a perfectionist like me. Setting goals in general is tricky. At least for me, it can be difficult to recognize where my motivation is coming from. Is it something that is inspired by God? Or are the goals rising from comparison, from jealousy, from selfish reasons? Are you setting on exercising more because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and you know you should take care of it? Or do you just want to be looked at? Be complimented for your looks?
Harsh, I know. It honestly can be quite difficult to look at my own heart to find the source of my motivation.
All this being said, I think it is important to set goals for ourselves. We are to grow and mature as Christians — and this is not an easy process. Which is why we need to challenge ourselves every now and then. So here are my goals for the year 2018. Goals that are meant to challenge myself, to grow in my faith and as a believer.
As you can notice, these are very abstract goals. I know many think these sort of goals should not be abstract but rather, measurable. (SMART criteria is a good one to use to make any goals measurable.) However, I believe that is not for me for this year. The pressure starts creeping very easily and the perfectionist that I am, it will end up hurting me. So this year, these are my abstract goals and I think they will be very good in the year to come.
My Goals For 2018
For a long time now I have been in school, always studying. Always reading books for school. I love reading and studying, so I don’t really mind. But I especially love reading books that build my faith and are good for my soul. Since I am close to graduating, there will be more time for reading. This year, I read 40 books. Read some book reviews here. In 2018, I am making it my goal to read 50 books. I will definitely be posting book reviews of some of them here.
More Self Care
This year, it has been quite obvious to me that I often leave self care off when things get busy. I push myself to get everything done that I have set my mind to, and tiredness easily follows. So I want to set my mind to putting time into self care. I have been brain storming for ideas for self care, so look out for a post on self care coming in the near future.
This one might be a little difficult at times for me. Community, to me, means family — the family I was born into and the family I found when I found Jesus. These are my people, and it is very important to me to make time for them. Yet in the mix of life, it can be hard to find time outside the weekly ministry and meeting them at church. So I want to be purposeful about making more time in my schedule for these people, to reach out and meet up for coffee and fellowship. Community, however, also includes the one I have here, online. I want to be more purposeful here, too, to form friendships and to reach out and walk alongside you in your journey of life.
More Grace & Prayer
In some ways, 2018 will be a year of change. I will be graduating (if it is God’s will) and therefore no longer studying in university. I will, hopefully, find a job and start working as a speech & language therapist. These two are just some big changes coming up in 2018. I am sure there will be many other changes, as well. So grace is needed — that I would be able to gracefully accept change as it comes. But also that I would gracefully accept those areas of life where change does not yet come. The way that this is done the best? Is in prayer, through the grace of God who makes me able. So I want to commit more time to prayer, intentionally.
Have you set goals for yourself for the year 2018? What kind of goals? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear!