Priority

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I want to encourage everyone that as this year passes and another one begins we don’t get to do it over. Let’s all keep that in our minds as we live day to day and prepare for our future.

I ask my wife today how did it happen? It seems like I was college age not long ago and now I have a daughter preparing for college in 2012. It goes so fast. We want to be able to say I used the time wisely especially when it comes to family, and sense we don’t get to do it over let’s live each day to make it count.

Our prayer is that you and your family have the best year yet in 2012. Be blessed and have a Happy New Year!

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Reaching Goals in 2012

Over the years I have come to realize that In order to accomplish a goal there are specific principles that must be in practice. Goals don’t achieve themselves. We don’t arrive at the intended destination by merely talking about it. Don’t worry though we can accomplish every single thing we set out to do if we have the right tools, set the right deadlines, and connect with the right accountability partner.

1. The right tools

Whatever your goals may be, it’s imperative that you have the right tools to get it done. How do I know if it’s the right tool? If its simple, if it accommodates the achieving of your goal, if it doesn’t consume your life, if it works for you, instead of you working for it. I have found that whether your goal is physical, financial, relational, or spiritual if we have tools that are simple and motivating they will operate as a vehicle to carry us to the finish line. Our tools can’t be cumbersome or they will be ineffective. Keep it simple.

2. The right deadlines

One of the biggest mistakes we make in achieving goals is inappropriate deadlines. Trying to arrive at the finish line in an unreasonable amount of time.

Setting deadlines that are too soon will demotivate us and reinforce hopelessness. Setting deadlines that are too late will demotivate and reinforce procrastination. Be reasonable and achievement is yours.

3. The right accountability partner

Notice this doesn’t say partners. I think a mistake in goal setting is to get overly zealous and tell everyone about what you are trying to achieve. It puts undue pressure on you and centers your life around the goals instead of what the goals will accomplish. What you need is one or two people who motivate and challenge you and will be kind but accept no excuses. They also need to be willing to take some initiative in the process checking up on your progress.

These are just some thoughts that I’ve developed over the years in trying to achieve goals. There is really no reason to set goals if you don’t connect them to the right principles. If the connection is made achievement is within reach.

2012 On Purpose

Significant accomplishments only happen if they are done on purpose. A lot of things will happen in 2012 that require no planning at all. The question is, do I want my life filled with the meaningless, or the significant?

As a family we are taking some time to plan for the significant in 2012. We choose for our lives to be filled with meaningful things not futile activity.

Some questions we are asking ourselves.

1. In what ways can we keep Christ at the center of our lives daily in 2012

2. What are the meaningful big rock moments in each of our lives in 2012?

3. What is important to us as a family in 2012?

4. In what ways can we further develop ourselves spiritually, physically, mentally, relationally and financially daily in 2012.

5. As a family in 2012 how can we be the church, encourage the church and build the church daily in 2012.

6. How much and in what ways do we want to give and be generous in 2012?

7. Who do we want to mentor in 2012 and who do we want to mentor us in 2012?

8. What is important for each of us to study, research or read in 2012?

9. How much debt can we retire in 2012?

10. What are some planned breaks/time off we can have as a family in 2012?

Just some things to help us live on purpose in 2012. Hope this helps you and your family.

Mentoring is a Must

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I’m having a great time with my nephew today. He’s a great young man, with great parents.

What we all need as parents though is a positive mentor in the lives of our kids.

I remember in prayer one time I felt impressed that if I would mentor other people’s kids God will always bring positive people into the lives of my kids.

He has. If we are honest parents then we realize it takes others in the lives of our kids. Sometimes when they struggle talking to us it’s good for them to have someone they can go to. A youth pastor, a coach, a teacher, friend of the family someone you trust.

The next generation needs us. So find someone to mentor and make a difference in their lives.

Christmas Communion

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It’s my prayer that all of you are having a beautiful Christmas morning!

We have such a great time, giving and receiving love and presents from each other.

The way Janae and I keep Christ at the center of Christmas is to take communion with our girls, and read the Christmas story together.

I thank God that He sent Jesus for the redemption of all mankind. Jesus loves you, if you don’t know I encourage you to get to know Him its the best decision i have ever made. lets remember Him today.

A Great Idea

I have a great Idea…I was just thinking, one of the best ways to believe God for the great things He wants to do in our lives is to remember all the things he has done for us, and what we appreciate about Him. So testify!

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas its my prayer that you and your family be blessed and prosperous in every way in this coming new year. We are so blessed and have a greater desire to serve the will of God then ever before. I believe this is a very important time for believers. A time to hold the name of Jesus High!

Thanks to all of you who read this blog and have a great time with your family and friends this Christmas Holiday! God bless you all!

Sincerely

David Gadberry