My Goals for 2016

goalsThey say that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. Fine. These are my goals for 2016. Please note that these are my personal rather than ministry goals. I do not start my new church until Jan. 4 and I would like to be there for at least a couple of weeks before making specific goals for that aspect of my life.

Physical Goals

I do want to be in better shape. My challenge (not excuse) is that I have a disease called sarcoidosis that affects my muscles and joints. This only means that I have to be careful with what goals I will set.

Diet wise, I will go simple and just give up donuts. That may seem strange but in Canada we have a Tim Horton’s culture and grabbing a donut can be a frequent thing.

In terms of exercise, I will also start slow. My goal will be to walk my dog four times a week and do inside exercise twice a week on a machine we have.

Writing/Editing Goals

To complete the apologetics dictionary that I have been working on for the past couple of years. I have most of the material, I just need to put it together and edit it.

To get the 2014-2015 issue of Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics out. We have enough articles for it and just need the final editing. We could use some more book reviews, so feel free to send them to me.

To finish writing an eBook on the Jesus Myth Theory. I have a fair bit of it done and really just need to dedicated time to finish it off.

Educational Goals

To finish of my Doctor of Ministry degree. My courses are done and I only need to do my research and write my thesis (one chapter is already completed).

Family Goals

These are my most important goals. I want to have a date with my wife at least three times a month. I also want to have one-on-one dates with each of our three children who live with us.

I hope that I will be successful with all of these goals. New Year’s resolutions do not have to fail. Goals can be set at any time of the year and are always worth pursuing. I hope to be able to report back on how I do with each of these. I will also print off a copy of this post for my office.

What goals are you setting?

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