These are general enough others may decide to use them as well, so I’ve decided to post my 2009 Aspirations.
The desired result: a life well-lived, benefit to others, and my Savior’s smile of approval, whatever the coming year brings.
* Aware of what God has done on my behalf — and may yet do
* Childlike Faith
* Willing to wait for God
* Delighted by God’s Word
* Firmly rooted by it
* Thinking on it
* Obedient to it
* Thirsty for it.
* Quiet on the inside
* Peaceful demeanor
* Thriving relationships with my wife and family
* Wisely investing in others
* A visible faith that reflects attention toward God (glorifies Him)
* Excellence with Humility
* As a virtue
* As a means to high effectiveness
* Personal – home – work
* Skills – finances – time
* Applying God’s standards to my life
* Seeking counsel
* Praying for wisdom, believing God will grant it. (Js. 1.5-8)
Remembering that Benjamin Franklin used a similar method, I went back and reviewed his thirteen virtues and the method he used to keep them strong and vibrant in his life. I also recalled the device Dr. Bruce Wilkinson describes in his book “Holiness in Times of Temptation”, a book God used significantly to deepen my walk with Him. Borrowing and adapting from the two, adding my own touches, these are the eight qualities I aspire to in 2009 despite the uncertainties at its outset.
I’ll describe in a succeeding post the device I’ll use to measure my growth (a simple little spreadsheet) – I’ll make it available in case you decide you like it.
If you decide to use these, please give credit where credit is due
—to God and God alone. (Ephesians 2.8-10)