How do you make change happen? More than that, how do you make the right change happen? When there is a gap between what is and what you want to be, how do you cross that gap?
This is where we enter the realm of goals…no matter what types of goals you are setting or for what time frame, here are seven core principles for setting goals that will help you make a bigger difference and get you to a place you actually want to be.
Deal of the Day
Today is going to be a challenge.
You will not make perfect plans. You will not work your plans perfectly. You’ll find a bog of ambiguity that you’ll need to step through carefully. There will be detours and delays. There will be equipment failures. You will spin your wheels. There will be unexpected phone calls and undesired emails. Social media will keep poking you for attention. Your indwelling sin and others’ indwelling sin will throw you curveballs. There will be some swings and misses. Your creativity won’t flow like you want it to when you want it to. And when you actually get to the project that you’ve scheduled time for at the time you scheduled it for, you won’t feel like doing it.
I remember one Saturday night leading the worship music with just an acoustic guitar at an early Core Group gathering for Mars Hill Orange County (now Mars Hill Huntington Beach). I started out the set with a great Mars Hill worship song, “Oh! Great is Our God!” by The Sing Team.
I was sure that everyone would join right in, but I pretty much sang that thing by myself. Looking back, I can see a bunch of things that I could have done differently to help the congregation engage in worship by singing a new song.
Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The reason is laid out here: “For he has done marvelous things!” God is worthy of us endlessly writing new songs to praise him for his endless love, mercy, and power. The other implication is that we should not only be writing new songs, but introducing new songs for our congregations to sing.
Lent seems to be increasingly popular among young evangelicals nowadays. This isn’t the first year I’ve seen attention given to Lent, but it is the first time that I’ve noticed multiple blogs and tweets pushing back against the practice of fasting in the weeks before Easter.
Some younger evangelicals appreciate Lent as an opportunity to implement a spiritual discipline that has a long history within the various wings of Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox, and many Protestants observe this time of reflection).
Other evangelicals believe Lent has the potential of leading us back into the bondage of perpetual penitence and rituals common to Catholicism, to which the Reformers rightly reacted.
Some say it’s a historical practice with spiritual benefits. Others say evangelicals have historically rejected it because of its potential excesses.
Psalm 132:7 “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!”
“Worship begins in holy ecstasy; it ends in holy obedience — or it isn’t worship.” John MacArthur