Ask the Reader: Goals for 2009

Okay, I’m curious again.

  • First, are you a goal setter?
  • Second, what are your goals for 2009?
  • Finally, what’s your plan for reaching your goals?

If you’ve never commented before, let’s hear your voice!

  • Stephen Altrogge

    FYI – I’m not a huge goal setter but I would like to learn to be a better one. That’s why I’m interested to hear your goals and how you plan on getting to them.

  • Greg

    I am a goal setter.
    I would like to read 60 books in 2009 as well as complete the Institutes.
    A book a week is the plan with the occasional “one sitting” read.
    Should be fun.

  • Marshall – bondChristian

    A few of my goals for 2009:

    What? Write a book
    How? Work on it in the morning before school.

    What? Graduate.
    How? By passing all my classes and not worrying so much about grades.

  • Chelsea

    I am somewhat of a goal setter. Especially this time of the year. Some of my goals for 2009:

    1. To develop a stronger discipline for feasting on and devouring the Word of God – to read it, meditate on it, memorize it. And to do this on a DAILY basis.
    2. To be consistent in training for a 1/2 marathon I’m going to run (hopefully!).

    My plan for reaching these goals is honestly to pray, pray, PRAY! Whether it’s developing consistent quiet time, or being consistent in running, I know the Lord cares about both! And I aim to do both for His glory!!

  • Stephen Altrogge

    Wow, those are some serious goals! I’m inspired just by hearing you guys. A couple questions:

    - Greg, do you have a reading plan for all 60 books?

    - Marshall, what do you want to write a book about?

    - Chelsea, are you following a marathon training program?

  • Chris

    I love this time of year for the chance to reflect back and look forward. I try to set a number of personal goals, and also am this year using it as a chance to look at some ministry goals. I’m hoping to finish the process before New Year. Once I’ve done it, I’ll post it on my blog, but also come back here and tell you about the categories I’ll be using.

  • Bob

    Start our new Shepherd Group
    Use “For The Love of God” by D A Carson as my devotion and bible reading plan in 2009
    Increase our giving by 6% of income
    Minimum one book a month – not as ambitious as Greg but I know my challenges.
    Start to finish the basement in our house so it can be used more effectively.

  • Chelsea

    Yes, I am following a 1/2 marathon training program. My bro-in-law (who is also running it) took two existing training programs and kind of combined them to come up with his own, and he designed it to start on the first of the year. Should be interesting! I’ve never done this kind of thing before, so I am excited but nervous at the same time!

  • Sarah D.

    I boycott New Years Resolutions, but I’m a huge fan of wise goal setting. My goals for 2009:

    - Complete 25 books (this is a running goal of mine, reinstated every year. It has yet to be met).
    - Acquire the equipment I need to be a successful photographer (I’m committed to remaining debt-free in my business, so I’m interested to see how God will supply these needs).
    - Become characterized by healthy discipline in Scripture memorization and study.
    - Exercise 3x/week.
    - Learn to love as Jesus loves.

  • Stephen Altrogge

    I love all the reading goals you guys have! Thanks for sharing these with me. I’m inspired.

  • Greg

    Yes. I have a list of 50 books I want to read and will allow the other 10 to be books that come out in 2009. Thats the plan so far.


  • Luke McKelvy

    Gain another 10 lbs.

    No. Actually, I don’t set goals normally. However, after listening to Aaron Osborne preach last sunday I’m starting to see that ambition (and related goal setting) is a fruit of the Spirit… So long as it’s not wasted ambition… the kind that makes much of me. I should dream and plan and do for the glory of God. And specifically… for the good of the local church. So I guess I’m a repenting non-goal setter.

  • Evelyn Reed

    Goal setting is very important if you want something to be done in a short period of time..,`