Personal Goals for 2015

IMG_1593Two word stood out to me as I thought about what I want to accomplish in 2015: community and weakness. The words actually fit nicely together. Weakness works best and is most healthy for us when it is exposed in the context of community, and community, for its part, only really works if people are vulnerable. As I think about this year I want to make these two  things priorities: developing strong community and embracing personal weakness. I have other personal goals but those two stand at the top of my list.

I share these goals here as a way of encouraging accountability in my own life. I need it because I am, like most people, tempted to be ambitious and then back off as the difficulties of life become heavy again. But I do sincerely want to see some real change in my life this year. As you have occasion to chat with me ask me about these things and encourage me in them. I will need your help and I will welcome it.

Here’s my full list of personal goals:

  1. Getting healthy – This was on my list of goals two years ago, but I didn’t keep up with it. I joined a gym for three months prior to our move and was faithful to my commitment, but once we moved I let the ball drop. So, the last year was spent in laziness and resignation to my unhealthy habits. This year I’ve started out with some momentum. I am on week 8 of my workout routine. I hired a good trainer to help me learn the ropes and get acquainted with what I need to do to get healthy. I recognize I don’t have a weight problem, but my high metabolism is most likely hiding really poor health. My concern is making sure that I stay active, healthy, and disciplined. I am noticing some results already and that is exciting. I look forward to keeping up this trend and getting more in shape for my own benefit and to be able to set a good example to my kids.
  2. Developing Greater Personal Community – Towards the end of last year I felt the draw of my own selfishness. It was comforting and yet I recognize it as deadly. I want to break away from this temptation in 2015, and it starts by focusing on others more sincerely and consistently. I want this year to be dedicated to building up my community. I want to cultivate deeper relationships, invest in the people I love and who love me. I want to be more intentional in hospitality and continue to develop as a godly friend. That means inviting more people into my life and spending more time with others, not simply isolating myself in my own little world.
  3. Embracing weakness – I know that I am weak, but the truth is I don’t really like to admit it out loud. Weakness is scary, so, I often put on a front and promote myself in thoroughly unhealthy ways. I can be a real arrogant jerk but it’s not who I want to be. I want to embrace weakness in 2015. I have struggles, I have temptations, I have insecurities that I need to be honest about. I need those quality friendship I am cultivating to help me address these things. I want to avoid the self-promotion I am so prone to and instead embrace my weaknesses in order that God might shine through me more clearly and draw me into a greater dependence upon His Spirit.
  4. Launching our Cornerstone Counseling Ministry – I love training counselors and love the folks at CBC who have embraced our vision and philosophy for counseling. As I move into 2015 my goals are shifting slightly from my own personal counseling ministry to the implementation of a counseling team who can assist with more people and broader care for our church and community. We are launching our Cornerstone Counseling Ministry this March and so I have a lot of work ahead of me this year to get everything in place, see it through, and see it blossom. I am very excited about all that this means for our church!
  5. Narrowing the topic for my first book project – I have been toying with the idea of writing a book for a long time, my problem remains the narrowing of subjects. I am interested in far too many things and want to write about too many. To do anything worthwhile I know I need to narrow my subject and focus my study. I was participating in a discipleship project that was a lot fun, but my role has stalled until the other contributors can make some further progress. So, in the meantime I’ve been thinking about a personal project and this year I want to try to narrow that subject so I can begin to develop some ideas

These are my own personal goals for 2015. What are your goals?


  1. […] time for a check-up and some continued accountability. I began this year with a few goals for myself, each designed to help me grow in my personal life, physical health, and pastoral care. We have now […]

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