2013 In Review (Goals)

       Now that 2013 is in the books, I am going to do a recap of my goals for 2013.  I missed quite a few of them, but I know that the goals I set did help me to serve God better than I would have done otherwise.  So here is how it went......

1.  Read the Bible through in eight months.  (I actually started on this goal on December 1, so my goal is to finish before August 1).  
Result- I did manage to accomplish this one, and God taught me a lot in the process! 

2.  Finish memorizing the book of I Corinthians.  (I am working on chapter five right now, since I did the first four chapters last year.)
Result- I made it to chapter nine, verse ten.  Not as good as I should have done; I'm going to try to be more consistent this year.

3.  Lead ten people to the Lord.  (This looks pretty daunting for me, but with God, all things are possible!  And if I miss the mark on this goal and only see 5 people saved, that would still be more than last year!)  
Result-  God gave me the privilege of leading two people to Him this year; let me tell you, there is no better feeling!  But at the end of the day, may we all remember to simply be obedient to God's call to share to Gospel; we can't save anybody, but we definitely have a God that can!

4.  Share the gospel or give a tract to an average of two people per week.
Result- I finished this goal on December 31.  (I need to work on not procrastinating this year!)

5.  Start a blog (check!) and post at least once per week.
Result- I started the blog, but only did about half as many posts as I wanted to do!
6.  Spend quality time with siblings.  Young people looking for opportunities to serve should begin with their own families.  
Result- I had the opportunity to make some amazing memories with my siblings; they are the best in the world.  However, I think that a lot of time young people (myself included) take their siblings for granted.  May we never forget to cherish the moments that we have with our loved ones, for they could be gone tomorrow.

7.  Read the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  It is important that we understand how and why America was founded, and these two documents are a good place to start.
Result- Yikes!  I missed this one, which is really pathetic, because it's not very hard!  I am definitely going to make this a goal for this year.

8.  Read "Her Knight in Shining Armor," by a friend of mine, evangelist Caleb Garraway.  This book is a call to young men to rise up and be the man that God wants them to be, as they prepare for marriage.
Result- My dad went through this book with me and several of my brothers, and we had a great time.  I have an awesome dad!

9.  Smile and laugh more!  I sincerely believe that we as Christians need to loosen up and enjoy life more.  Why do we (including myself) go around with such long faces, when we have been given so much?
Result- It's kind of tough to measure this one, but I'm fairly certain that I did not improve in this area!  Praise God, I can work on it again this year!

10.  Do push-ups every day.  This one may not be as "Spiritual" as some of my other goals; however, I do want my body to last as long as possible in order to serve God as long as possible.
Result- My pushups went well until about March.......

11. Be consistent in my prayer life.  I find that sometimes it is easy to pray, and sometimes it isn't; however, it is important to talk to God regularly, even when we don't feel like it.
Result- This went well at times, and not so well at other times.  I definitely need to improve in this area.

12. Improve on the banjo and guitar.  I play music for the honor and glory of God, so I want to do my best for Him.
Result- I think I got a little better, maybe?

13. Preach the Gospel every opportunity I have.  I feel very strongly that God wants me to be a preacher, so I want to take every chance I get to proclaim the Gospel, and the incredible truths found in His Word.
Result- God gave me multiple opportunities to preach this year, and these times were some of my highlights!

14. Have a more grateful heart.  Ungratefulness comes from pride.  When someone is ungrateful, it is either because they didn't get what they thought they deserved, or because they don't realize that the blessings they have received are given to them by God.  God loves to hear His children express their gratefulness for what He has done in their lives!
Result- I think I've been struggling in this area recently; I definitely need to work on this!

15. Encourage others to serve God whole-heartedly.  It burdens me greatly when I see others (especially young people) wasting their lives on trivial things, while millions of people are lost and on their way to hell.  Hebrews 10:24 says, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"  This week, encourage someone to serve God!
Result- This one is a little hard to measure; I know I can always improve in this area!

       Next week, I will be posting some goals I have for this year.  If any of ya'll have a goal for 2014, just leave a comment; I would love to hear about it!  "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.  Amen."  2 Corinthians 13:14


  1. These are some great goals! I'm excited about new goals for 2014. My dad has always encouraged us to think about what we are working toward in the next 10-20 years (long-term), and then to build sets of goals that are more practical for the coming months and year(s). I like to make not just 1 year goals, but also quarterly goals and 1 month goals, because that helps me measure my time and think about what I really need to accomplish each day.

    Thanks for sharing =)
    I've been following your blog for a little while, and it's always encouraging to hear from other young people who love the Lord!

  2. Hi Mitchell!
    Some of my goals for 2014 are to put more effort into memorizing God's Word, practicing self control and also to be a Godly example to others.
    - an Alberta student

  3. Hey I've read the Bible through in 29 days before... You can do this bro!


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