So today I’m planning for 2013. The giddiness of Christmas hasn’t set in and the reflection that takes place as the year ends is still a couple of weeks away. What I’ll end up with is a template that will shape how my time gets spent in 2013 (Peter Bregman lays out a method of capturing your annual and daily calendar in his book, 18 Minutes, if you’re interested...). So that got me thinking about our life together as a church and it didn’t take me long to come up with three ways that you and I can invest our time and energy in 2013. In no particular order: Serve - Make the lives of people around you better. Do work you enjoy. Do work you’re good at. Make the city better. Make our church better.
Learn - Be curious. Solve problems. Resolve tension. Ask more questions. Learn how to love. Learn how to live. Take advantage of learning environments in the community and in the church (more on that in a forthcoming post!).
Mentor - Invest in someone younger than you. You can make it formal but you might be better off influencing them with your life. Be intentional. Focus on people you enjoy and believe in. Let them into the ordinary, everyday rhythms of your life. My friend, Alvin Reid, has written a short book (40 pages), called With, that I think would be helpful to you.
The goal in 2013 is not perfection. Perfection is a myth that we hide behind to protect us from real life. I want to find myself on December 13, 2013 with a deeper sense of how much God loves me and a life that shows the world how much I love him.
Serve. Learn. Mentor. To join God in making all things new.