Six Areas to Set Goals in 2014: Setting Goals for Your Marriage and Beyond

2. Marriage Goals

After you’ve addressed the personal goals you will set for 2014, turn and focus on what you can do to strengthen your marriage. Now, in order to reach a marriage’s apex, I realize it requires the effort of both parties. You can’t make yourself experience a good marriage just through the exercise of your faith and not your spouse’s faith—but that doesn’t mean you can’t write down goals for your marriage.

  • What kind of marriage are you going to settle for? What can you do to reach toward becoming heirs together of the grace of God?
  • You can’t change what somebody else does, but how can you change what you are doing to better your marriage?
  • Can you spend more time together? communicate better?

3. Family Goals

Don’t delegate the training of your children to your church’s children’s ministry or your children’s school. Take time to invest in your children.

  • What are you doing to raise your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?
  • Can you create or expand your time for a family Bible study?
  • Is there an opportunity to expose your kids to the Word of God on a regular basis?

4. Ministry Goals

These goals involve the supply you’re making (or should be making) to the body of Christ. Remember, ministry goals come before vocational goals.

  • Do you know what church you are called to be part of?
  • Are you committed to serve in a ministry?
  • How much time do you want to commit to the body of Christ and in what way? Where are you gifted? Where do you feel a desire to be engaged? Where do you want to serve?
  • What are your giving patterns to your local church and the work of God?

5. Vocational Goals

  • What kind of goals do you have in your vocation? Are you looking for a promotion, a job switch, or some type of change in your working environment?
  • What will enable the Lord to bring a greater amount of financial capacity to you and your family?

6. Social goals 

Rest is important. Have a realistic view of what you need to do to stay at your peak level of performance. Keep yourself rested and refreshed, so you can remain effective for the Lord.

  • How can you expand your social influence?
  • What kind of life do you have in your neighborhood and in your community?
  • What kind of recreational endeavors would you like to pursue?

I didn’t used to do this. I set goals everywhere in my life except here. Instead of setting aside times to relax, I took whatever came to me. You know what that got me? Nothing. I wound up burning out, on the verge of wanting to throw in the towel and quit. So don’t do that to yourself. It’s not fair to your family or yourself. Set aside goals for times of rest.

In tomorrow’s final blog post on this topic, I want to answer the question, what goal works for you? See you then.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

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