In previous iterations of this attempt, I had goals that were sometimes immeasurable, and sometimes impossible. “Learn Spanish.” Yeah, okay, Arthur who made this list at a bar and really loves the symmetry of twenty-one projects in 504 days; how, though.
Then it was virtues, then it was goals again. And some goals were just crammed on into these little sub-categories, when really, life comes down to three things:
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your strength, and all your mind; and
- “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Luke 10:27) and
- “For God so loved the world that God gave the Son, so that those who believe in him will not perish, but instead have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17, NRSVish translation)
Do that, and you will live. And there’s, of course, the struggle of how one is supposed to respond without boasting, or participate without seeking works-righteousness (which may someday be a long, long post, who knows), but really, there’s seven areas I want to develop in the second half of my thirties: body, spirit, soul, mind, heart, community, and world. (I don’t want to develop the world, I want to care for the world. Maybe this will become clearer, who knows.)
I picked seven scriptures.
Body: “thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” (Ezekiel 37:5)
Spirit: “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Soul: “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Mind: “The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.” (Jeremiah 18:4)
Heart: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Community: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
World: “The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1)
That’s what guides it. Am I taking care of the body I’ve been loaned? Am I finding rest and restoration in my spirit? Am I feeding the soul that Christ has made new? Is God at work in my studying and learning? Am I putting my money where my heart is? Am I building community or dividing it? Do I care about this world that God so loves?
Don’t think I’m too deep. I’ll share a week’s goals and a month’s goals on this next page.