Any time I’m still thinking about Sunday’s sermon on Tuesday, I know it was a good one. Our pastor posed ten questions to us regarding our goals for the new year. Here are seven of them:
1. What is the single most important thing you could do to improve your family life this year?
2. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
3. What single thing that you plan to do this year will mean the most in ten years?
4. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
5. Who do you most want to encourage this year?
6. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
7. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
I’ve been thinking about my answers to these weighty questions, and here goes:
1. We need to talk more and spend more time together. Turning off the television would be a start.
2. Social media can be a huge time-waster. Obviously, I need to limit my time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and message boards.
3. Welcome at least one new member into our family. My younger daughter is getting married in June, and I want the wedding to be a happy, not tiring or nerve-wracking, event for everyone. I want to enjoy meeting new people and celebrating the happy union, not alienate people by micro-managing. If you’ve ever planned a large wedding, you know that tempers can fray and people can get offended. I don’t want that to happen. I’m also trying to lose weight so that I can be around in ten years to play with my grandchildren.
4. I have too much stuff and too many worries. I need to let go of useless things and get rid of clutter, mentally and physically.
5. My husband deserves my encouragement. We’ve been married thirty-eight and a half years. It’s too easy to take him for granted.
6. Write good books. I may even write a children’s book or two.
7. I need to improve my interactions with those around me. Sometimes I zoom around doing good things, but I miss developing relationships with the people I’m serving because I’m too busy. That sort of misses the entire point of service.
How would you answer the questions?