30 Days of Manna // Day 22

30 Days of Manna

Goals are important – they keep me grounded, focused, accountable, and encourage me to step outside my comfort zone.

Completing this blog series is on my 2015 resolution list. It has been a test of vulnerability and endurance for sure, and there is still a week to go. This series has been difficult because I have exposed skeletons and revealed weaknesses, but it is soul-cleansing. I have also impressed myself by my commitment to write 30 original posts based on Scripture and improving my overall health. I will reap benefits from this project after the 30-day blog series is complete because this journey towards physical health and spiritual well-being requires a lifestyle transformation. There will always be new goals to achieve and something to work towards; I am just getting started!

But accomplishing ‘earthly’ goals don’t hold a candle to my ultimate goal: stand before the Lord God at the end of life and hear Him say these seven words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. … But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done. ~ Philippians 3:12-14 (Contemporary English Version)

I have not yet reach my desired weight, but I am closer today than I was at the beginning of this series.

If you have goals or resolutions you’d like to accomplish, be S.M.A.R.T. about them:

  • Goals must be SPECIFIC.
  • Goals must be MEASURABLE.
  • Goals must be ATTAINABLE.
  • Goals must be RECORDED.
  • Goals must be TIMED.

Though my annual list of goals is extensive, every item is realistic. By writing (or publishing) them, I can measure my progress. I also publish a monthly resolution update that highlights successes and failures and areas of concern or improvement Finally, I give myself one year (January 1 to December 31) to complete the list. I have never accomplished an entire resolutions list in one year, but that doesn’t derail my ambition. Besides, whaever I don’t accomplish this year gives me a head start on next year’s list!

Friend, keep your mind on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don’t ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you. ~Philippians 4:8-9 (CEV)

Amen.

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  1. Julie June 23, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I am always in awe of your resolution lists. In all honesty, I can only seriously focus on one or two big items at a time, otherwise I am completely overwhelmed. Right now it is obviously weight loss and trying to catch up (although I am not sure if that will EVER happen) on my scrapbooking. Keep at it girl – you will get there!

    • Nicole June 23, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

      My resolution list is a modge podge of realism and dreamland. I have really small things that can easily be accomplished and some really big, lofty ideas with a 99.99999999% chance of never – EVER – happening but I can dream, right?! Honestly, I look at this list a few times a month and use it like a menu at a restaurant. “What do I want to do this month?” and go from there, knowing that I won’t complete the entire list but the opportunity is there. Plus, I always have a great place to start next year’s list. HA!!!!!!

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