2011-01-15: Drifter


Kelly and I finished up our goal planning for 2011 a couple of weeks ago and a recent quote by Mr. Driscoll (“You won’t make changes in your life unless you’re tracking it, keeping an accounting & a reckoning of it." @PastorMark #howtobefruitful) that my lovely wife shared with me inspired to share our planning.  This is probably the third iteration of our goal format and each year it vacillates from complicated to simple.  Some years I create 11 goals, some just three.  I’ve found I rarely accomplish all of them no matter the number so my focus this year is keeping a good variety of goals that are easier to accomplish.

Here are the categories and theme:

Faith and Family to see = MAP to see

         
 

F2C

   

MAP2C

 

  

   

 

     

M

Money

F

Faith

 

A

Academic

F

Family

=

P

Physical

C

Church

 

C

Creative

     

C

Career

I know, it’s cheesy, but I’ve found having the categories easy to recall makes remembering the individual goals in July that much easier.  We’ve also made a commitment to review our goals each month rather than at year-end.  

For those looking for a good family budgeting tool I’ve found this spreadsheet that’s amazing.  An intermediate understanding of Excel is needed to use, but overall it’s pretty simple. 

http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/money-management-template.html 

In the end this really isn’t about achieving goals, but more about the process of focusing on continual sanctification through submitting my life to Christ and being humbled by him.  If I just white knuckle it hoping my internal sin nature will miraculously go away if I just do good, go to church, and have devotion every morning it will eventually all become about me and not Him.

Matt Chandler shared a quote back in the summer about this and I found it very profound:

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, and obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”

-D.A. Carson 

 

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