Monday, December 28, 2009

Begin With The End

2009 is quickly coming to a close.  For me, I'm glad to end this difficult year and bring in new hope for a new and better 2010.  Regardless of whether your year was great or challenging, it is going to end in just a few days. 

Are you ready to reign in 2010?

Have you set any goals?

Setting goals is important to God.  He is a God of order and He set up the time and the seasons.  Why?  So there would be a time for everything under heaven, but more importantly, to establish order for us. 

Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, "And Jehovah answered me and said, 'Write the vision, and make it plain on the tablets, that he who reads it may run. For the vision is still for an appointed time, but it speaks to the end, and it does not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it; because it will surely come.'"

I love this verse!  It tells us that our goals (visions) are supposed to be focused on the END.  How cool!  We should be focussing on the end result, the end scenerio; and then we work it out (run with it) and we wait for it (for the appointed time). 

We need to set goals for our children, too.  What habits would you like to see changed by the end of 2010? Can you think of spiritual or practical goals for your children.  Lets say there are 12 things you want to change in your child or goals you want them to have.  Start by listing them and then write down the steps you can take to help them implement these changes over the next 12 months.  (Don't forget to review these goals often.) 

An example in my household would be:

My children have a bad habit of leaving their clothes on the floor.  We are implementing a very strict rule (Jan. 1!).  If there are clothes on the floor, they will lose all but 4 pairs of clothes.  Then, after a week of keeping them put away, they will earn back a few outfits. 

The above is one behavioral example.  There are many other goals you could set.  Let the Lord lead you.

Our children need to be taught by example, they deserve to have us help them by setting goals with the end in mind.  Remember to be patient, and to expect good results.  Make the goals and consequences plain to them, so there is no issue with communication. 

Make 2010 a victorious year.  Instead of allowing your lives to run you, set Godly goals and begin to run your own lives in a way that glorifies God - the God of order.

God bless you and your families as you bring in 2010!!



Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Sonya: I love this post! Thanks for the encouragement to help our children set goals. :) And to be a good example of that.

My goal for 2009 was to read the Bible in a year, which I did (just a few days left!). I read the Chronological One-Year Bible. I give glory to God and am very excited He gave me the desire and strength to do this. I do love His Word. Our cherubs know I have been doing this, and I will be delighted on 12/31 to tell them "Mommy did it"!

"We make it our GOAL to please Him!" 2 Cor. 5:9

Blessed 2010 to you and yours!

Greg C said...

I think 12 goals would be a good number. That way I can have one for every month. I will get my list together and start today.

Kelly Combs said...

I, too, really enjoyed this post. I think it is important to set about a PLAN for your goal as well. Setting a goal to "lose 10 lbs" but then having no plan (i.e. exercise & eat right), leaves you with an unreachable goal. A goal, plus a PLAN, means you are working toward that goal.

I love your example with the kids clothes. I am doing the same thing now, except regarding toys left out instead of clothes.

Sandy said...

I enjoyed this post very much, too! Thank you for sharing. My children are grown, but I can still help them and encourage them to reach their goals.
Thank you for the scripture you shared and for all of your posts!
Happy New Year!
I have my New Year's goals on my blog.

Edie said...

I agree with Kelly that a plan goes with the goal and you did that as well in your example.

I love the verse you used here. It's one of my favorite verses.

The Old Geezer said...

Amen! Great post.

As Jesus is our example, we need reflect His righteousness in our words, thoughts and deeds.

What a great goal to have for 2010

Heckety said...

Thank you for these thoughts- very relevant and practical. I'm off to do some thinking!

Warren Baldwin said...

Good thoughts as this year is winding down FAST and the next is nearly here! Hope you all had a great Christmas.