At the beginning of the year, I set three specific goals for myself. You can read about those three things here, but they have to do with the three areas of playing the piano, cleaning the house and making friends. Now that I’m more than a fourth of the way through the year, it’s time to look back and see how I’m doing. I can say I’ve made progress and have had success in all three categories – but more than just playing the piano and keeping a clean house, I’ve learned some interesting lessons.
Setting Goals Gives Me Direction
Having goals set clearly in front of me helps me know how to use my time. I have never before set goals for myself – I always assumed I didn’t have time for extra tasks! Now when I have a few spare minutes in the afternoon, instead of heading right to Netflix or YouTube, my mind goes to a task I could be working on towards one of my goals. I pick up the phone to text a friend who is having a rough pregnancy or sit down to practice a new piano arrangement.
They also help me know what to do when I’m overwhelmed. For example: after a very busy two weeks, my house was in serious need of a good cleaning. Instead of feeling so overwhelmed that I darted from one task to another, I looked to my weekly and monthly cleaning schedule that told me exactly what to do. I worked through the next thing on the list, being able to check it off and feel like I’ve accomplished something!
Setting Goals Makes Me Available For God To Use Me
Maybe it’s just the specific goals that I set for myself this year – but I have really found this to be true! I didn’t set my goals with anything but self-benefit in mind (to be honest), but I have found such blessing from seeing God work through the things I set out to do. Here are a few examples:
- When my house is clean, I feel totally free to entertain – even at the last minute.
- When I have worked on new piano hymn arrangement, I’m available to serve in church – even at the last minute.
- When I’m intentional with my friendships, I’m able to encourage others as I learn their needs.
Doing things at the last minute is not typical for me. I’m a planner and do not like surprises or changes of plans. You can see how God has enabled me to rise above that through entertaining and playing the piano. Since setting this goal in January, I’ve been able to play the piano at our church more than I have since we joined over three years ago! God has also brought several new friendships into my life this year – through ways I never imagined.
Proverbs 16:9 – The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
I don’t share any of this to make you think I’m awesome. I’m not. Up until January, I wasn’t working on any of these things! I share it to encourage you that when you desire to do the things that are pleasing to the Lord, He will not only help you, He will bless you in ways you didn’t imagine.