What I'm Asking for in 2011

Goal Setting: Accomplish More in 2011On the cusp of a new year I'm asking God for two things - for me to slow down and move with the Holy Spirit and be intentional in a few small things.  Let me explain. 1. Slow Down and Move with the Holy Spirit

For too long I've been running this race in my own strength and I wonder why I can get so tired.  I've learned that this life is as Eugene Peterson says, "a long obedience in the same direction."   With that in mind, I want to slow down so I can fill up.  I want to listen to God and reflect more on His Word.  I don't want to try to minister to others out of a dry and empty cup, but one that is filled up and flowing out.  I want to live a life of dependence on the Holy Spirit -- to press into him and his leading as a little child depends on his daddy for everything.  I want to live with Spirit-empowered faith!  Even Jesus himself depended on the Holy Spirit for direction - I want to follow his example.

2. Be Intentional in a Few Small Things

I'm learning that I can't do everything, but I can do a few things (by the grace of God) each day to grow as a husband, father, pastor and follower of Christ.  If you're like me, you're a starter and you have big dreams of all the things you want to accomplish in the new year.  But in 2011, I want to become more of a finisher -- to form habits to grow in Christ-like character.  For example ...

As a Husband - I want to continue to pray for and with my wife each night and read and reflect together on Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotions.  I also want to take the lead in organizing more consistent date-nights.

As a Father - I want to continue to do nightly, family devotions (going through Long Story Short this year).  In addition, I want to meet with each of my children on his or her appointed day of the week to stay up 30 minutes later than their siblings to talk with them and read to them from a Christ-centered, age-appropriate, character-forming book.

What are you asking God to do in your life in 2011?