New Year Goals for Thoughtful Living

Every year I choose one word.

And that in itself is kind of revolutionary if you think about it.

In this world of facebook and texting and hundreds of channels…that we would even try to focus in on one word shows how much noise we have to filter out to even think clearly.

thoughtful my one word at SkipperClan

The word was placed on my heart when I was struck recently by the importance these verses convey:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1-3

I can be a miracle worker, wise as Solomon, or sacrifice my life…but they are worthless without love.

Thoughtful means doing or making something after careful consideration. Thoughtful means making choices after considering the well being of others. Love.

In 2014, I choose to live with the love Corinthians describes, considering others and acting after careful consideration. Consideration for what God has done for me and in my life. Consideration for how He may use me in the lives of others. Thoughtful, so I can live life: simplified.

When I use that word as a filter for the long term goals I drafted two years ago with Tsh‘s great set of questions, my 2014 goal list almost writes itself. Some of them have moved from the 2013 list because they are worthy of repetition. Some have moved from the 2013 list because I simply changed the date on dreams I’ve yet to see completed.

12 Goals for 2013: Thoughtful

  1. Find a new church
  2. Read through the Bible using this plan
  3. Send items monthly to our sponsored child
  4. Achieve specific career position {details for my inner circle}
  5. Increase Income {target set for this goal}
  6. Payoff 3 Debts
  7. Take a family trip {just the four of us}
  8. Reach goal weight
  9. Complete 3 family albums
  10. Read my list of 36 books
  11. Blog weekly about the Life: Simplified Project
  12. Complete a certification goal with SkipperClan

Some of these are more vague in their format here than they are on my personal list. Part of this is because they are either very personal (see 4&5) or they are controversial (12). I have a feeling I’ll be sharing more as I make progress on these goals through the year.

I hope that you will find a word, a verse, a moment to hear the still, small voice of God so that December 31, 2014 finds your relationship with God closer than ever.

If you’re looking for My One Word for 2012 or 2013, you found them. If you’d like an online guide to setting your priorities and long term goals, I recommend Michael Hyatt’s Creating Your Personal Life Plan. If you simply need a free printable for writing out your goals, try this one.

If you want to read more about my goal setting, just click over to this post.


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If you’ve set some goals for 2014, or started working towards Life: Simplified – link up with us! We are praying for you.

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