Making 2013 Significant

Watermelon Smoothie“Nothing significant happens by chance—be deliberate!” When I read that tweet by Pastor Femi Monehin back in the fall, I retweeted it and wrote it in my journal. This week I am reflecting on it again as I look over my list of goals for the new year…

  1. Explore opportunities to reach my full potential within God’s plan.
  2. Seek God’s next adventure for Crosspoint Church and help lead Crosspoint through it.
  3. Write to inspire others, through my blog and other avenues.
  4. Publish “One Smile, One Arm,” my collection of short stories about life experiences with one arm.
  5. Travel to the 50 states.
  6. Get/stay fit.

#1 and #2 are really big and really nebulous. (I felt “nebulous” was the right word to use, but I looked it up to be sure. The definition is: Lacking definite form or limits. Yes, it was the right word to use.) These two goals will begin with thought and prayer, followed by searching and seeking, followed by waiting and watching to see what unbelievable things might happen!

#3 is something I love to do. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for real-life stories that might spark encouragement in even just one person. Then I’ll pull words together to tell those stories to others.

#4 will be a challenge because I’m not sure how to do it. I’m registered to attend a writers’ conference in April with some breakout sessions on publishing. I’m hoping that will help.

#5 is SO MUCH FUN. I have 14 states to go. The writers’ conference in April will knock out Kansas and Oklahoma. Tim and I are cruising the Hawaiian Islands in June with friends Alton and Melissa Downs. And maybe, just maybe, I can squeeze in another state or two before the end of the year.

#6… Well, that means fewer cookies-and-cream milkshakes and more watermelon smoothies. I think I can handle that.

Have you written your goals for 2013? Time to get busy. 11 days are already gone. Be deliberate—nothing significant happens by chance!

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“I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back” (Philippians 3:14 MSG).

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