June: time for a mid-year check-up

Before we reach the end of 2014 and realize we did not accomplish all that we set out to do this year, let’s conduct a mid-year check-up and see how we are tracking through our goals. I’ve designed this drill to be an encouragement, because even if we do not find ourselves IMG_0925progressing at the rate we thought we would at this point,the good news is, we still have seven months!

Spiritual Growth

I just found my record of growth goals for 2014 that I recorded in January and see that I aimed to complete five scripture memory projects. Four more to go! See? There’s still time! So, I will commit now to work on 1 Thessalonians 3:11-4:12. Refocus!

Discipleship reading is coming along better than I expected. I joined Good Reads {see menu to the right}, a social media site that allows me to keep track of the books that I am reading and to share my reviews.

I have, however, experienced a set-back in my goal to visit five cities for teaching engagements. The cancellation of one spurred me to create a Marriage Building Event in my locality. This project is keeping me on my knees as does every opportunity we have to step out and trust God with something bigger than ourselves. When the winter storm system blanketed the east coast last winter and we could not fly out to our west coast destination, I sensed the Lord saying, “This is my grace.” Perhaps He purposefully set me up to tackle a new thing in ministry {a local marriage ministry event} so that I would know Him more deeply through the experience.

I have other areas of life that require a review of my goals, but I will save that for another day! Hope this little update has been an encouragement to you to revisit your New Year’s resolutions or goals that you set.

I read something interesting yesterday in Bill Johnson’s Hosting the Presence. He stated that our inner desire for improvement is evidence of our being created in the image of God.

Because of the Master’s design, everyone lives to make life better. Some serve the betterment of humankind, and others merely serve themselves. But as people, we carry a sense of hope that things can and must be better than they presently are. This affects all areas of life- science, technology, entertainment, etc. Everything lives under the influence of this inner desire (page 81).

May I leave you with a charge for increase in your life? May the Holy Spirit inspire you to grow in all areas: spiritual, physical, emotional, relational and financial. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else…” (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

 

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One Comment on “June: time for a mid-year check-up

  1. Pingback: June- time for a mid-year check-up (Part 2) | sharing love and truth

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