2010: a preview


I’ve confessed my tendency to serve my goals, rather than allowing them to serve me.

I’ve established six areas in which I believe every Christian ought to be setting goals.

I’ve attempted to explain the difference between (and the importance of) goals, objectives, and strategies.

And the penultimate post in this series — some of my strategies and goals for the year 2010:

  • I will continue to begin each day by working through my prayer list while drinking coffee.
  • Five days a week, my prayer time will be followed by a personal Bible study.
  • I will continue to use the 3-column Bible study method.
  • I will meditate for at least one hour each week in complete silence and solitude.
  • I will fast once every two weeks, and devote that time to prayer.
  • Christie and I will continue praying together before bed each night.
  • Christie and I will begin reading books together and discussing each week what we’ve learned and how we can make it practical in our lives and ministry.  We haven’t chosen the first book (it’s more difficult here — not a big selection).
  • Christie, Baylor, and I will have a family devotional time each day.  For now it will consist of songs and prayer; we’ve found Baylor responds to singing, and God has always responded to prayer.
  • Christie and I will have a “date” once a week — though a date in Geita probably just means watching a DVD together.  Still we will set aside at least one time slot a week just to focus on one another, enjoy our time together… and be romantic.
  • I will study Swahili at least twice a week.
  • I will read about Tanzanian culture, history, and current events at least twice a week.
  • I will read about agriculture and/or development at least twice a week.
  • I will practice banjo at least twice a week.
  • I will feel comfortable praying aloud in any and all situations before 2011.
  • I will memorize the Sermon on the Mount before 2011.
  • I will be fluent” in Swahili before July 1, 2010.
  • I will begin Discovery Bible Studies as God leads me to people of peace — or them to me.  [Two are starting in the very near future — and likely a third will follow soon after.]
  • I will begin the development of a model / demonstration farm before September 1, 2010.
  • I will create a curriculum for a “Discovery Agriculture Study” before 2011.
  • I will start a chicken vaccination project before 2011.
  • I will satisfy all qualifying requirements for Navy SEAL training before April 1, 2010.
  • I will run a 3:30 (or better) marathon before 2011.  [I haven’t picked the race yet…]
  • I will ride my mountain bike from Geita to Mwanza and back before 2011.
  • I will not grow a huge beard in 2010.

Next post in this series: blurring the lines

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9 responses to “2010: a preview

  1. Man dude…you make me tired just reading your goals. Just make sure you keep making time for christie and baylor. Hoping you make it through…alive and well and sane. 🙂

  2. T

    Navy Seals huh? Out of all of those that is what I got out of it.

  3. Daniel

    you left out finding the cure for cancer and world peace.

  4. just read the next two comments. I too saw the Navy Seals one and thought “Whoa dude! You da man!” But I also agree with Daniel. I think you should do those in your spare time. 🙂

  5. bill, i think this list looks like a lot, but i’m doing a lot of these things every day already (ie. prayer, Bible study, practicing swahili, running, reading). so, in a lot of ways, i’m just focusing those things which i’m already doing. and spending time with christie and baylor is a given for me these days. i’ve been blessed beyond anything i ever could have imagined with my wife and daughter. plus, baylor is doing the running and SEAL training with me…

    t, did you look at the SEAL entry qualifications? they’re actually not that difficult…

    d, i’m saving cancer and world peace for after i rid gotham of its crime lords and invent a way to make water out of sand.

    to all… i’m betting anyone willing to quit facebook could accomplish everything on my list in just their newly found free time.

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