Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

2010 Predictions

Recently I got to spend some time with an old friend and we got into a discussion about predictions.  By the time we were done, we had come up with 13 predictions of things that we think will happen in 2010.  Most of them had to do with our personal lives and ministries, although everything was open for discussion.  As a result of that time, I came away with a decent list of goals for this year.

“The man that aims at nothing is sure to hit it every time.”

Now, you may or may not like to think of them as “resolutions” – but the idea of setting goals is a good one.  Among the items I came away with include a weight loss goal and some specific ministry predictions for our church growth and development.

I am truly excited about what 2010 will have in store for me.  I’m sure some of the things I have predicted will not come to pass, and that there will likely be some unforeseen challenges this year that will divert me from some of the things I think I can see.  That’s OK.  I have already benefited from the exercise of thinking forward.

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Will you just let life happen to you – or will you act upon life?

What are some goals you have set for yourself?  Share them through the comment section and we can all be inspired!

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Thats interesting. I used to adminonish my boys to not “just let life happen to them” so to speak.

Anyway, here is my lofty goal: I want to be a person who attracts people. Someone who can see the good in all situations, and can value the worth of people just as they are. I can not do that on my own, or else I would have by now.

Only God can help me to change into that kind of person. Then again, maybe I am exactly the way God wants me to be. I suspect not, as life is the journey, and oddly enough, death is the journeys end. What can I learn en route? Can I be more of a good influence for the Kingdom of Christ than I am a hinderance.

I want my actions to point to Jesus Christ, enough that people can see him in me.

At the youth rally over new year, I observed the interaction of a fine young man with someone else. His mannerisms and communication style were exactly like his father. In fact, If you knew both father and son, but didn’t know they were related, you would be able to tell by the way they each reacted with other people. And by the communication style. And by the body english. And by the words. You would know that Parker is the son of Rick, just by observation.

Thats my hope for the year: That someone who does not know me can see that I am a son of God.


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