During a family night around this time last year, my family and I took time to scatter to a different part of the house and seek God toward some 2015 goals for our individual lives. Afterwards, we came together, worshipped and read our goals to each other. It was awesome.
I know that paragraph above makes us sound like a perfect little Brady Bunch family, but trust me … we are far from perfect. HaHa
Throughout 2015, we would at different points pull out those goals and re-read them out loud, holding each other accountable to those God-given goals. I loved those times. They would serve to both encourage and convict us as there were goals we had accomplished and goals we had yet to accomplish, that we may have lost sight of.
On New Years Eve around 10:30 p.m., we took them out one last time and looked at what we had accomplished. According to our calculations, on average we accomplished about 60 percent of our goals; some more than others (no names will be mentioned). The conversation that night was great as we reflected on the goals we set out to accomplish and talked through God’s faithfulness in helping us see them through!
‘But what about the ones we didn’t do?’, a question that was asked by one of the boys.
I had to think about that for a minute. Because I was prepared to do what I believe many of us do with our unmet goals or unfinished resolutions and that is simply cut them as losses for the year and simply throw the sheet away. But after thinking about it more …
‘We don’t lose sight of them’, was my reply. ‘We keep going and add them to our 2016 goals, if God gave them to us, we MUST do them!’ Our New Year Resolutions just became Two-Year Resolutions, and I’m okay with that!
I don’t know if this speaks to where you’re at or not, but if you have unmet goals from 2015 be encouraged to not lose sight of them, bring them into your 2016. God doesn’t measure success within a 365-day calendar. He measures our SUCCESS THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE to His Word and the best part is that He provides grace to ALL OF US, allowing us to CONTINUE ON even after we slip up (on a goal), fail (on a goal), or fall short (on our goals).
So PICK UP those unmet goals back up and RICK ROLL them by singing that infamously annoying chorus to them ‘Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down” and we’re praying alongside you for a SUCCESSFUL 2016.
“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come.”