Spiritual Goals for 2009

Spiritual Goals for 2009

In a coordinated effort with God, my wife, and my fellow elder at Wellsprings Church, I am committing to the development of three main areas in my character that need special development this year. Each of these three areas have subcategories. Each of these three main areas have a reading goal consisting of a few books, which I believe are conversations with authors who serve as my mentors in their title’s subject.

Three Main Character Areas for 2009
1. God-Centeredness
2. Leadership
3. Discretion

Explanation
God-Centeredness – I want to think constantly “God-First” as it relates to decision-making and my daily activities of exercising leadership of my self, my family, my business and the church we serve. I tend to decide first, pray for God to bless AFTER. Oops. God wants me to come to Him FIRST in prayer, THEN decide based on what He tells me!

The practices I want to re-engage in consistently are:
a. Prayer first
b. Bible memorization
c. Decision-making

Leadership – Priesthood of my Family, Eldership of our Church, Entrepreneurship in business. These are the three “Realms” of my world. They are my main roles. I live these concepts and principles every day. I want to be BETTER at them!

Discretion – In conversation with others, in our decision-making, and in finances. One of my character flaws that I’ve struggled with consistently in my life has been “foot-in-mouth disease.” Proverbs 10:19 tells us that “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” A friend of mine once said, “Sometimes, you’ve got to hold your cards close to your chest.” In other words, when with people, USE DISCRETION! 🙂 We also need discretion in our finances and how we give, save and spend the income God has given us.

Reading Plan
God-Centeredness
1. Your God Is Too Small (JB Phillips)
2. Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (John Piper)
3. The Treasure Principle (Randy Alcorn)

Leadership
1. Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God (Voddie Baucham)
2. How to Best Get Better (Dan Sullivan)
3. Unique Ability (Dan Sullivan)
4. Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership (Alexander Strauch)

Discretion
1. The Godly Man’s Picture (Thomas Watson)
2. The Mortification of Sin (John Owen)
3. The Total Money Makeover (Dave Ramsey)

How about you? What are your spiritual / reading goals for this year?

  • Alan Smith

    Neil,
    seems like some worthy goals. I recommend Desiring God by Piper first as it is likely to affect your view of how you read the other books.
    The only one I don't understand is why the money makeover book applies to discretion.

    –Alan

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