"Make 3 goals: Keep them reasonable, avoid general goals and be specific" by: Caleb Gibson

   Do you have to make a New Year’s Resolution before New Year’s? Perhaps that is true, but I believe this is still important to make a goal even if it is January already. 
   By the end of this column I would like you to write three goals. These can be goals you want to do this year. I believe it is not too late to start a New Year’s goal. 
   John Maxwell said, “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” What are you passionate about? 
   Whenever we see a need for something, we should see opportunity. This can be God using us.
   Say this aloud, under your breath, I want a vision from God. 
   When we seek God, we will find Him. When you seek the Lord, He will guide you. You may say that you aren’t sure what God wants you to do this year. 
   Do something until you figure it out. If you don’t know where to work, just work on getting a job or work at a temporary job. Later you can move to a different and better company. 
   Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is one who keeps the Law.” 
   Another translation says, “the people perish” without a vision. Make a goal to read the Bible in a year. Whenever I read the Scriptures, I am filled with joy. 
   It is also important to write things down. When we see things written down, we remember them better. 
   Some of the best people that shop at H-E-B are the ones who take a photo of their fridge and pantry to remember what they need. Having a list will help us keep the vision on our mind.
   Having a fresh vision is important. I ordered a box of Wheaties to place in the upstairs game room at our church. 
   I figured it would look really cool. I found one with Michael Jordan on it. It was perfect. It was from 1990 and is now 30 years old. When I got it, it made some sound when I shook it - it still contained cereal and was never opened. 
   If I ate that cereal, it would probably taste horrible. This is a reminder for me that just as we need fresh food, we need fresh vision. 
   This is a Biblical principle because this is what happened when the Israelites were given manna. God sent bread from the skies and they would only keep what they needed for the day. 
   In the same way God has grace for us every day. Let us wake up and acknowledge the supply of the Lord. Success does not always happen immediately. It happens through habit and the work of God. 
   When we are with God, we do not have to be afraid. We can enjoy the Lord and how good He is. 
   So decide that the first week in January will not be the only time to follow your goal. Take time to write out three goals. 
   Keep them reasonable, avoid general goals, and make them specific. 

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