One of the first things my girls learned when they started playing soccer and hockey was to keep their heads up. You see, a person's natural tendency is to look at their feet when they are learning to dribble a ball or stickhandle a puck, but when you put your head down, you can't see where you are going. And when you can't see where you're going, you can run into something you didn't intend to run into -- like another person or the boards. The kids get so focused on what they are doing, that they end up off course from the goal.
We want to be careful not to lose sight of our goals for our summers, and to do that, we have to set goals. You spent yesterday praying about what God wanted you to do with your kids. You asked Him to direct the way you spend your time this summer. Today, it's time to set some goals.
While we need to let God direct our path, we need to define for ourselves what God wants to accomplish in our kids' lives this summer. The danger of planning our summers without setting some goals, is a lot like the danger of playing soccer or hockey with our heads down. We might have a lot of fun, but we will probably end up in a different place than we wanted to be.
While God wants us to give our plans to Him and let Him set them, it doesn't absolve us of the responsibility of mapping out a plan to reach the goals He's given us. Proverbs 21:5 says "The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty." Setting some goals based on what God has revealed to us and making some plans will allow us to have a profitable summer with our kids.
So, how do we go about setting goals for the summer? Guess what? There's a great printable worksheet just waiting for you to fill it out and put it in your binder. There are five areas on your worksheet -- physical, spiritual, relational, educational and fun. And, yes, you need goals in all five. Let's take a closer look at what each section is about.
Physical goals are just that. What do you want to accomplish with your kids as far as their bodies are concerned? This can be anything from improving soccer skills to exercising as a family to talking with your kids about puberty or personal hygiene.
Spiritual goals are what you want your kids to learn about God this summer. Our summers are usually spent working on a character quality or two, but yours can be learning about the character of God or simply focusing on the fact that God loves us. Use what God revealed to you in your prayer time to fill this out.
Relational goals are what you want your kids to learn about dealing with relationships. This can be anything from being kind to others to learning to resolve conflict.
Educational goals are just that, educational. You may want to work with your kids over the summer to refresh some skills they learned in school this year. Your child might need an extra boost in a certain subject. Or you might want to nurture an interest that isn't given much time in school.
Last, set some fun goals. If you want to go on a trip or learn something new with your kids this summer, this is the place to list that.
After you've listed all your goals for the summer, take a minute to pray over them. Ask God to show you if you've added too many things or if you've missed something important. As we start adding activities to our summer plan, these goals will become important because we'll want to choose activities that help us reach these goals.
Keeping our heads up and our eyes on the goal will help us have The Best Summer Ever.
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