With the new year, we look toward some events, some adventures, and many unknowns. Yet, the Lord promises he will go before us and He will be with us, never leaving us (Deuteronomy 31:8). To ward away the fear and discouragement that tries to creep in and to look forward to the year set before me, I usually set some general goals at the new year (like many other people). But, as my dad has taught me and my communication classes reinforced, the goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. This year, however, Scott decided to make goals with me. Of course, we have our own goals, but we also have some goals together.
On our 14-hour drive to Ohio, we brainstormed goals. A couple that rose to the top were:
1. Spend 10 minutes at least 5 days a week stretching. My dearest Scott is surprisingly inflexible, so he decided on this one, but I decided it represented the upcoming events in our lives with living in Ireland, backpacking Europe, and possibly starting grad school too….a stretching year.
2. Complete 1,000 miles on foot in Europe (collectively). From daily exercise in Ireland to inevitable trekking across Europe, we hope to rack up the miles walking and running.
What are some of your goals for this new year? Are you expectant for the stretching adventures God has in store for you?
We’ll be updating you on our progress on these goals as well as our new year of adventures in Ireland. We fly out tomorrow, so please keep us in your prayers.
To watch a video on the ministry where we will be working in Ireland, go to http://foundationinchrist.org/media/photo-gallery/ and click on Video Gallery. You can also peruse some pictures of the coffee shop and surroundings. And, hopefully, we’ll be posting some of our own in a few days.