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Life Priorities

It is time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. My basic life priorities have not changed for over ten years:

Life Priorities:

  • To live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • To love my wife as Christ loves the church.
  • To raise my children as followers of Christ.
  • To be used to build and expand the church.
  • To be healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.
  • To maintain professional excellence in my work.

Rather than making New Years resolutions, I have created a document that that I keep in my Bible that expands on each of these six life priorities. Here are a few of my more specific goals:

Following Jesus
1. Read in the Scriptures daily – Use a one-year reading schedule for NT and read at least one chapter each day on OT.
2. Daily prayer – At least ten minutes of focused prayer time following time in Word.
3. Memorization – one new verse per week, with regular review of other verses.

These goals change a bit from year to year. Of these first three, I am consistent on my Bible reading, need to grow in my prayer life, and have not been working on memorization. But having the document with me gives me a plan for where I want to be, and I can start working on my weaknesses.

Here are some more:

Loving my wife
5. Be available on an almost daily basis for prayer, reading, and conversation.
7. Have fun together, including monthly dates.

Raising my children (my children are aged 19-26)
9. Provide them with good books and resources.
11. Weekly communication – in person, phone, Skype, emails.

Building and expanding the church
13. Writing on The GeoChristian to build up the body and point nonbelievers to Christ:
• Two significant blog posts per month.
• More evangelistic content
14. Be faithful in evangelism in ways that work for me: blog, book ministry

Physical, mental, emotional, financial health
16. A better diet – low sugar, more vegetables and fruit. Less beef, more fish and chicken.
18. Exercise five times per week for at least 30 minutes – elliptical, hiking, biking, walking. Work on upper body strength.
19. Money: buy little, live simply, save, give, reduce debt. Budget.
20. Regular reading for growth in the areas of theology, apologetics, origins, environment, geology, and history. Goal: Finish three books per month.
21. Language study — Review a language I already know to bring me up to proficiency (French, German, or Romanian) or learn a new language.

Miscellaneous
24. Organization:
•Planner, calendar, filing system, project lists
•Daily and weekly filing and evaluation
•Watch for time wasters, such as internet and idleness.
25. Monthly planning and evaluation time with my wife

I don’t call these New Year’s resolutions because this is a living document that can be pulled out at any time for review or modification. The “Life Priorities” do not change much or at all from year to year, but the details do change. Some of these goals (e.g. reading, language study) are mostly on hold until the book I am writing is complete.

Grace and Peace

December 30, 2015 - Posted by | Christianity, Uncategorized | ,

2 Comments »

  1. These are great! Would u be opposed to posting the other points expanded? They’d make a great motivator and “starter” to help others in doing the same.

    Keep up the great posts.

    Like

    Comment by Noah | December 30, 2015

  2. Noah,

    Here are a few more of my goals. Again, these are not New Year’s resolutions. Some of these are ingrained habits (exercise: I ride my bike to work a majority of days), and others are goals I need to work on harder (writing on this blog, for example).

    Loving my wife
    5. Be available on an almost daily basis for prayer, reading, and conversation.
    7. Have fun together, including monthly dates.

    Raising my children (my children are aged 18-26)
    9. Provide them with good books and resources.
    11. Weekly communication – in person, phone, Skype, emails.

    Building and expanding the church
    13. Writing on The GeoChristian to build up the body and point nonbelievers to Christ:
    • Two significant blog posts per month.
    • More evangelistic content
    14. Be faithful in evangelism in ways that work for me: blog, book ministry

    Physical, mental, emotional, financial health
    16. A better diet – low sugar, more vegetables and fruit. Less beef, more fish and chicken.
    18. Exercise five times per week for at least 30 minutes – elliptical, hiking, biking, walking. Work on upper body strength.
    19. Money: buy little, live simply, save, give, reduce debt. Budget.

    Miscellaneous
    24. Organization:
    •Planner, calendar, filing system, project lists
    •Daily and weekly filing and evaluation
    •Watch for time wasters, such as internet and idleness.
    25. Monthly planning and evaluation time with my wife.

    I have added these to my original post.

    Like

    Comment by geochristian | December 30, 2015


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