1. I long for a deeper relationship with Christ. I want to wake up in the morning hungry for His word and I want to lay down at night with a desire to read and pray and seek and listen. I want my heart to burn with passion for Him. What does that look like? It means carving out time every morning and every night to sit with the Word uninterrupted. It means having someone to hold me accountable to that. It means taking time to memorize the precious Word of God. It means saying "no" to some things of the world so that I can say "yes" to Jesus.
2. I long to see my lost friends and family come to know the Lord. My heart ins't broken enough for the people in my life who don't know Jesus. If we take the sugar coating off, I have friends and family who will spend an eternity in Hell apart from the Father. Whoa. That's big stuff. My heart should be nothing less than burdened. I should have the strongest desire to share Jesus and stand up for Him even when it has the tendency to get awkward. What does this look like? I will speak up more. I will share my heart more. I will invite more. I will encourage more. I will pray more.
3. I long for community. We've been involved in an amazing new church plant for the past year and we've met some of the greatest friends through it, but we don't truly "do life" with these people. They really aren't my "community". They aren't the people I call for prayer or the people that I can't wait to share my latest "God moment" with. That's pure honesty right there. While we've grown leaps and bounds at Eastpoint and truly learned what it means to be a part of the body, we haven't really embraced community. Yes, community is something that will take ALL involved, I can be more proactive. I can call that couple over for dinner. I can be praying for the friends who I know are having a hard time. I can call that pastor's wife up just to give her some encouragement. There are things I can do to promote that community.
There are so many "goals" that are running through my mind, but when I really begin to think about what matters in life, these are the only three that really have an eternal difference. Now that I am sharing these things with you, I have become accountable. I'm thinking that once a month or so I will write a little post just to share where I am on the journey. I know that I need this accountability. It's so easy to be running full force in January, but slowly begin to fade back into that comfortable lifestyle in February. It will be my prayer that I continue to stay accountable in this place. I want to be real and raw and honest. The months that I've not taken a step forward or taken a few steps back, I want to share. While the re-evaluation will be tough at times, it will be sweet at others. This accountability will be good. This growth will be good. It will all be in the name of Jesus.