There are some times in life that seem to make the most sense to make new goals. New Years Day, for example, is commonly the beginning of everyone’s ‘Healthiest Year Ever’.

September seems to be one of those times too. We fall back into routine as we (or our kids) head back to school, we close up our cabins and harvest time comes. We decide that this is the year that we’ll stop procrastinating on doing our homework, that we’ll take more time to read, or that we’ll start saying, “No,” to some things and stop overloading our calendar (I’m guilty of making and breaking these goals on all three counts here).

Leaders love making goals. Really, I think everyone, or almost everyone at least, likes to make goals. As Pastor Darcy said in his sermon this last weekend, ‘Life is change,’ and we all want that change to be for the better, so we make goals. But the problem is that most of us don’t like the work it takes to follow up on goals.

Why though? Why do we have such a hard time keeping up with our goals? Maybe it’s because they aren’t SMART goals (click here if you don’t know what those are!). Maybe we’re not defining our goals well. Maybe we’re setting too many goals (what’s easier than a total overhaul of every habit you have… all at once… right?). Or maybe we’re not getting others to hold us accountable.

I would suggest that one way we can have at least a little bit more success with goals is to shift the way that we think of them. Rather than seeing them as something to add to our life (i.e. I’m going to add a gym membership to my budget and schedule to help me get healthier), I think we need to allow them to be a lens through which we shift our life (i.e. as I seek to get healthier, a gym membership will be a part of my plan).

It’s a subtle shift.

Rather than creating a new habit and trying to keep up with it by strength of will, we shift our perspective and use the desired outcome to influence and decide the choices we make.

As youth leaders, we gathered together to decide on two specific goals for our community from now until Christmas. Here they are:

  • Prayer will unify our community.
    • We will seek to foster a culture of prayer, which will include a physical space for youth and leaders to post prayer requests.
  • Scripture memory will deepen our knowledge of the Bible.
    • Memorizing portions of the Bible will encourage all of us to spend more time reading God’s word and will create opportunities to start discussion (i.e. why did you choose to memorize that verse? What does that verse mean to you? etc.)

We felt that God was calling this community into a deeper knowledge of the Bible and that prayer for one another and for those we come in contact with was a natural outpouring of that knowledge.

Suffice to say, we’re excited to see what happens this season! So my question to you all-youth, leaders, and parents-what verse are you memorizing? Why? Let us know!

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