Today I’m going to share my heart about setting goals for 2021. It’s time for grace—and focusing on the immeasurable rather than the measurable. So breathe a sigh of freedom and read on…(free printable at the bottom.)
To be honest, I typically hate this time of year—because of “New Year’s Resolutions.” In this already difficult year, I especially feel the call to shout the sound of freedom to my friends. You see, with all the despair, political unrest, and uncertainty, New Year’s Resolutions and heavy expectations as moms and homeschoolers are the last things we need.
It’s not that I don’t like resolutions or 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?
After such a difficult year as 2020 was, I see the same measurable goals, perhaps even stronger this year, as we want life to improve. We want a fresh start; we want 2021 to be different than in 2020. But, the truth is, there is nothing magical that happens when that clock strikes midnight. Our times are in God’s hands, and His work in our country will be done.
But, here are the things I am seeing with people setting goals for 2021.
-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 I would prefer to reframe 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 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 our country. 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 2021.
So, join me in focusing on setting goals for 2021 that are immeasurable, will you?
Our Lord and Savior summed it up so well: “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, America is hurting right now. I view her as a patient in critical condition. You know the drill of caring for loved ones in great pain: you talk to a myriad of doctors for a proper diagnosis; you stay up late doing your own research for cures on the internet; you order the supplements to help support them; and you pray at your loved one’s bedside that he or she comes out healthier and better in the end. Meanwhile, life doesn’t stop! You wish it would, but the bills keep coming, the laundry keeps piling up, and our families continue to need us. (It’s exhausting!)
I don’t have any special insights for how long America will be hurting or in recovery. But I do know this: our children will continue to grow and continue to need us for homeschool direction and guidance! In fact, now more than ever, many families are choosing to homeschool through this period of uncertainty.
So, I would challenge you to pitch those measurable goals when you are setting goals for 2021. 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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