5 New Year's Goals You Should Consider
I don’t believe in New Year's Resolutions....I find them kind of funny and sad at the same time. New Year's Resolutions are crazy things we tell ourselves on New Year's Day to make us feel better about ourselves, all the while knowing that they won’t last 4 weeks! Just go visit a gym on January 2nd and then on February 2nd, and you’ll know what I mean!
I like to make GOALS for the New Year. I see goals as realistic milestones that are specific and measurable. Below are 5 goals that I would love for every worship leader to consider. If you’re not a worship leader, you can still use these to tailor them to your own situation. I didn’t make these very specific because we are all different and we are at different places in our journey. Use these as a starting point to help you make your specific goals for the year. I hope you find them helpful!
1. Become closer friends with Jesus.
In other words, seek to have a closer personal relationship with Him. It is so easy and tempting to get caught up in the DOING that we neglect the BEING. I’ve been in vocational ministry since 1999 - straight out of high school. I also grew up seeing my mom in church ministry all my life. So, I pretty much grew up in ministry.
I know how to do ministry, yet neglect my personal relationship with Jesus. I know how to stay busy serving the church all the while feeling very distant from God. My prayer in 2015 is that I get closer to Jesus than I have ever been in my life. (Click to tweet!)
2. Love others more extravagantly.
I don’t know what that looks like for you. I’m sure it looks different for all of us. For some, it means calling that disgruntled worship team member and taking them out to lunch, even though you, in your flesh, would rather have lunch with a rock. For some, it means submitting to your pastor even when you don’t see eye to eye. For some, it may even mean selling all you have and moving to a new city...maybe even a new country...to be God’s light to a specific people group.
3. Get a deeper understanding of what it means to be a worship leader.
Maybe you’ve been leading worship for a month; maybe for 50 years. Maybe you’ve been to 36 worship conferences already in your lifetime or maybe you haven’t been to any. Whatever the case may be, I believe we should all strive to continue to grow in our understanding of what it means to be worship leaders/lead worshipers.
That may mean you read a book a month on worship, subscribe to a podcast for worship leaders, watch Paul Baloche DVD’s, attend a conference, or enroll in a college course. What’s something specific you can do in 2015 to grow as a worship leader?
4. Protect your family.
No, I’m not saying go buy a shotgun and setup surveillance cameras around your house. I believe the #1 area satan likes to attack is our marriage and family. (Click to tweet!) He finds pleasure in seeing marriages destroyed and families divided.
Reflect back to this past year. Are you happy with how much quality time you spent with your spouse and/or kids? Were you more “married” to your iPhone than your spouse? Have you been putting a guard around your eyes? Around your thought life? What are some specific ways you can protect and honor your marriage and family in 2015?
5. Have fun!
I’ve had seasons where it was a struggle each day to even try to smile. I’ve had other seasons where I couldn’t help but smile. Through learning the hard way, I’ve found that, whatever season I may be in, attitude makes all the difference in the world! I can choose to smile even through the hard times.
I heard a friend say once that worship leaders were some of the most miserable people he had ever met. This should not be! If we truly consider ourselves worship leaders, every aspect of our lives should reflect our worship. We should be a walking example of the joy that is found in Christ!
In a world of selfies, it’s easy to pretend that we are happy by snapping a smiley photo of ourselves and posting it on social media for all to see, but that should not be the extent of our joy. Let’s learn to have fun, even in the mundane moments of life! I’m convinced that all of us, followers of Christ (especially, church leaders), can learn to have A LOT more fun and stop taking ourselves so seriously!Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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