Today I’m going to share my heart about setting goals for the new year. But, there’s a twist. I encourage you focus on grace and the immeasurable results rather than the measurable. So breathe a sigh of freedom and read on . . . (Check out the free printable template provided below!)
To be honest, I typically hate this time of year—because of “New Year’s Resolutions.” You see, with life already spinning around us, at warp speed, New Year’s Resolutions seem to be the last things we need.
It’s not that I don’t like goals. It’s just that most of them fall flat and fail to resonate with my soul. After much contemplation, I think I know why.
Most New Year’s goals are measurable but my heart cries for the immeasurable!
Can you relate?
When you struggle from a difficult year, you want a fresh start; you want the next year to be different than the last (and better!) But, the truth is, there is nothing magical that happens when the clock strikes midnight. Nonetheless, here are the things I am seeing people post as New Year’s resolutions:
- I will read my Bible every day.
- I will lose 20 lbs.
- I will declutter and minimize my house.
- I will learn Spanish.
- I will get up earlier.
Those are fine as measurable goals. But we can do better by reframing these into immeasurable goals, such as:
- I will read my Bible every day—because I want to deepen my love for God’s Word.
- I will lose 20 lbs—because I need to treat my body like a temple.
- I will minimize and declutter—so that we can cling less to the things of this world.
- I will learn Spanish—to grow in my knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
- I will get up earlier—so I can greet my children with a smile and set the tone for the day.
Do you see the difference? I’m a sucker for immeasurable goals. Not because visible results aren’t rewarding—they are. But most of life is messy, hard to quantify, and difficult to measure.
Especially in this time of cultural unrest, we need grace. We need to be able to veer off the schedule and drop to our knees as a family and pray for others, here and around the world. We need to feel the freedom to pitch the schedule, to hug our children longer, and listen to their fears and worries. We need to focus on the immeasurables. We need to press into knowing Jesus more in this new year.
Our Lord and Savior summed up the matter of intangible priorities so well by saying: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39)
In closing, the world may ache and groan from one headline to another, but our little lives don’t stop! We wish they could be put on pause, but the bills keep coming, the laundry keeps piling up, and our families continue to need us. (It’s exhausting!)
So, I challenge you to pitch those measurable goals when you are setting goals for the new year. Sit down with your family and talk through the immeasurable goals and feel the grace of seeking first His kingdom and the things that matter most!
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