So, I will readily admit the fact that i am not an ambitious person. I am not a list checker, I’m not even a list maker. For a long time, I went so far as to even think that lists were bad, I thought they represented the personal ambitions that people wrote down and accomplished with or without God to build their own kingdoms and accomplish their own plans without consideration to the will, desire, or plans of God. Basically what I am saying is that I am really good (and I mean really good) at justifying laziness and a lack of planning in my mind. Now, I will say that an overdependence on lists can be an issue; it can lead to accomplishing a lot of “things — ” checking a lot of boxes without ever really knowing or trusting God. It also can distract from the everyday organic Christianity that should be present in the lives of the disciples of Jesus. (For a similar perspective from a list checker, you should listen to Matt Chandler’s sermon called “Abiding in Christ.”)
Having said all that, though, I think it is time that I begin to set a few goals. The brevity of our time on earth has been in my mind more now than ever and I think this has been matched by my opportunity to advance Jesus’ Gospel more now than ever. I naturally lack an intentionality to my life, and it is time to live on purpose. So, enough said, here’s a few goals, these are not related and are not in order…..
1. I want to enlist the help of a few Christian students at Lindenwood University to show the love and gospel of Jesus to international students on campus. I want these Christian students along with other local willing Christians, including myself, to act as a personal domestic ambassadors (and I know, this is a terrible name and I wont use it) for international students: to do things like help them find classes, help them move into their dorms, help them get to Wal-Mart, etc. I want to finally start the Website, gatewaytothegospel.com to also be a resource for both the domestic helpers and international students.
2. I want to write a children’s Christmas play. I have an idea for this, and maybe I will post it later, but for now, just know that I want to write a play.
3. I want to put the songs I write onto recordings — not for the purpose of people listening to me sing them, but more for documenting purpose and to put into the hands of people who could actually record them. I feel that sitting on songs that God gives is a waste.
4. Now I know that posting this one may cause ears to stand up. Some will think “This is a new thing for you? — what a sinner…” Others will think “you want to start doing this? What a fundy…” But, I am going to say it anyway, more for accountability’s sake than anything else. I want to intentionally, consistently, and faithfully tithe. I know, I know, I said the “T” word. But, honestly, I think that my lack of dogmatism regarding tithing gives me a logical and even theological excuse to not give sacrificially, something I do hold beliefs about.
5. Now, we are getting personal…. I feel really weird posting this… But, here goes nothing….I want to lose some weight. With the same thinking as goal number one, I feel that God has given us a certain amount of time to advance His kingdom and I don’t want to limit my time, or my involvement by being unhealthy. Ok, enough of that…moving on….QUICKLY…..
There are probably more things that should be on this list. And there actually are a few things that are in my mind that I will not put down on paper (slash blog). But, here are just a few things that I think God has put in my mind and heart and I feel that ignoring them would be just another way of rejecting God’s promptings, just as sinful and as impactful as rejecting God’s call for salvation. I hope that writing this down will present some kind of accountability for myself and maybe inspire another non-list-checker to make some goals.