Develop a means to monitor your goals by examining whether you are completing the steps in order to achieve your goals.
One goal that many people set, as The Old Geezer did, is to determine to read the bible through in a year. As I was responding to his comment and his permission to help hold him accountability the following information flowed into my email to him. As I typed this and re-read it I thought it would be a good blog.
I realize goal setting is just that - setting some markers of what I would like to accomplish in various areas during the coming year. I also admit that I haven't been successful in every area by keeping every goal. However,I find if I don't set any goals then I have a tendency to be reactive rather than proactive. I want you to be proactive in your spiritual development. I don't want you as Paul told the Ephesians, "...so that you are no longer children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes." My heart's desire and prayer for you is that you are, "...to mature manhood, speaking the truth in love,...grow up in every way into him..." Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)
You get to pick and choose where you read. On one occasion you may feel like reveling in the Psalms or another time you may feel like tackling a doctrinal book like Romans. Just once you have read a book completely, cross it off the index card.
Happy 77th Birthday to my Mother, Evelyn L. Metcalf, in Modesto, CA. I love you Mom!