Defining A Win [2015] Wrap-Up With Resolutions And Goals, Part 2

I’ve been blogging, leading up to my New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, Dreams, and Vision for my life in 2015. Yesterday I posted the first 5 of these goals, and today, I continue with the next 5. I pray that as you look at my priorities over this year, that God will give you desires in your heart, that will lead to new priorities, goals, and habits for the rest of this new year.

6. Speak outside my church at least three times this year (Worshiping God by preaching His Word and advancing His Kingdom, helping others Grow and giving me opportunity to do the same, Connecting with the larger Body of Christ and the outside world, Serving the Body and those in the world I am preaching to, and Sharing the Gospel to those who don’t know Jesus wherever I am taken to preach).

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Defining A Win [2015] Wrap-Up With Resolutions And Goals, Part 1

I haven’t been updating this series due to having pneumonia over the past 2 weeks.

Happy to be at it again and making blogging a priority in 2015. 

This year I want to win (see previous posts here, here, here, here, and here)! And that “win” is defined by ending the year at rest and satisfied, through respecting God and showing Him reverence, by devoting this year to Worship, Growth, Connecting, Service, and Sharing. And in these things, I will develop goals for myself, based off of the desires that God has put in my heart. In these things and desires, I will be at joy, and I will live my life, this year, fully-alive.

As I mentioned before, the desires of our hearts (that God has placed there) are subjective, and are vast and varied from person to person.

But for 2015, here are the first five of my Dreams, my Desires, and my Goals (along with the purposes they will fulfill) through which I can stand on December 31st, 2015 and say; “I Won!”

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Defining A Win [2015] Part 5

So now that we’ve established that we must define a “win” by finding rest and satisfaction through fearing God via devoting ourselves to worship, growth, connection, service, and sharing, * we can start to flesh-out our goals and resolutions based off of that definition.

* See previous posts from this series (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4)

This definition is great because only through doing what God has made and created us for (worship, growth, connecting, serving, and sharing) will we ever experience true contentment, satisfaction, purpose, life, and joy. So anything that is based around fulfilling these purposes, will be “wins” in and of themselves.

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Defining A Win [2015] Part 4

To “win” in life in the year 2015, is ultimately finding rest and satisfaction through reverence and respect (fear) for a Holy God Who has made us in His image. (see posts 1, 2, and 3 of this series)

So if “winning” is so important, what are some ways that we can show reverence and respect to God this year? What are some ways we can fear God this year? What are some ways that we can bring Him worship?

To answer those questions, I believe we have to know what God wants from us. We have to know what God expects from us…What God thinks is most important…What He believes are the greatest things we can devote our lives to.

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Defining A Win [2015] Part 3

As I explored in my last post, a “win” in life is to “rest-satisfied,” and such satisfaction and rest can come from the “Fear of The Lord.” If we want to “win” in life, if we want to “win” in 2015, we must learn to “Fear The Lord.”

Proverbs 1:7 says:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…
-Proverbs 1:7 (ESV)

When we begin to have knowledge, we can begin to know what it means and what it looks like to “win.”

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Defining A Win [2015] Part 2

This year I want to win!

And from my definition of “win,” my goals and resolutions will be formed.

I will practice hard, work-hard, train, study, prepare and make a plan of how it is I will win.

But as I posed yesterday; “What is winning in life?” It’s much more complex than winning in a game like football.

As I’m reading through the Bible, a few verses stuck out to me like they haven’t before- Genesis 25:7-8.

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Defining A Win [2015] Part 1

So I heard today that the University of Oregon defeated Florida State University in the College Football Playoff Semifinals. Apparently, this is a big deal around these parts.

That got me thinking-

What does it take to win a football game?

The answer is fairly simple enough- It takes scoring the most points. The Wikipedia entry for football literally says:

The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

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