At the start of 2011, I shared three big goals. They are as follows:
Goal #1: By Dec. 2011, I wanted to average as much income online as I did from my full-time job.
Less than two weeks later I followed up with a post that said this was a bad goal.
The priority should have been honoring God and helping people. If God allowed me to support my family from my online work, then it was for Him to decide. I needed to be sure I was serving Him first, not chasing dollars first.
I’m happy to report that God helped me accomplish all three of these revised goals.
Keep reading for more on how that news is impacting my future full-time plans.
Goal #2: Manage the Boss by accomplishing goal number #1 in less than 15 hours a week.
On the one hand, I succeeded with this goal and, on the other hand, I failed miserably.
Overall, I did manage the boss well. I definitely cut back on the time I spent blogging. I was able to get involved in some other activities and exercise more.
However, in 2011, I started having issues with sleeping all the way through the night. There’s probably been about a total of 30 nights where I was up at or around 4 a.m. or earlier. That’s a frustrating experience when you don’t know why you’re waking up so early (which makes it harder to go back to sleep).
My sleeplessness seems to go in streaks. When there’s more to be done, the harder I’ve found it to sleep.
Where I did succeed is that I did limit my blogging time to closer to 15-20 hours a week. I also was able to take a break for most of May, June, July, and August. Since I was on furlough, it was easier to blog for 15 hours and have a lot of left over time to spend with family.
I’m definitely in a 100% healthier place in life (physically, spiritually, emotionally) than I was in 2010. Now if I could just stop waking up early …
Goal #3: Complete and release another eBook.
First of all, I’ve kissed goal setting goodbye for 2012 (and I may never go back).
I’m not really sure a person can set a goal for the most important things in life.
2012 is going to be a year with a lot of changes:
- We’re in the process of selling our house, truck, and everything we own – except for 5-7 suitcases worth of stuff.
- In April, we’ll be leaving our home of six years.
- In May and June, we’ll visit the following places: Gold Coast, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Beamsville, Canada (visiting my family); Budapest, Hungary (leaving the kids with my parents for 5 days while my wife and I celebrate 12 years of marriage); Bariloche, Argentina; Dallas and Houston, USA; and Cheyenne, Wyoming (our new home).
- I’ll be switching ministries. For the first time in my adult life I’ll be doing something similar to a para-church ministry instead of working directly with a church.
- Our daughter will transition from being home schooled to attending public school.
- Our son is going to start school.
How do you set goals in the midst of that?
I’m going to focus on the following things:
- Take advantage of every opportunity to grow closer to God.
- Enjoy every moment of all our adventures.
- Rest, relax, and reflect on six years of missionary work.
- Listen to my wife. Support her.
- Spend time talking and playing with my kids.
I feel like with all the transition in our life, as long as we make that transition in a healthy way, 2012 will be successful.
When I grow up, I’m going to be a missional entrepreneur.
As of May 2012, I’m going to be a self-supporting missional entrepreneur. (Yes, that is a term that I made up).
Our overseeing church had planned on financially supporting us for the six months after we leave the mission field to give us time to find other work. However, I was able to contact them at the end of 2011 and inform them that due to my online work we won’t need any funds after I leave the mission field.
What in the world is a missional entrepreneur?
Some one might call himself a full-time blogger, but I’ve found that blogging can, in fact, be very boring if it isn’t tied to a larger purpose. The idea of just being a blogger isn’t really all that appealing.
Instead, I want to use the blog as a vehicle that allows me to be involved in a variety of different ministry contexts. That’s what I’m calling a missional entrepreneur.
A missional entrepreneur doesn’t focus on building a bigger and bigger business. Instead, he uses more and more of his time (or her) time for work in the Kingdom of God.
I plan to do things such as:
- Doing Transforming Your Financial Diet workshops at churches.
- Staying actively involved in my local church.
- Taking trips once a year back to PNG.
- Visiting and encouraging missionaries we know on the field.
I’m not sure what God’s going to have me doing with most of my time, but I hope it’s something more than just being locked up in an office working on my computer.
Needless to say, 2012 is going to be a very exciting and adventurous year. This week I’ve been reading sections of Exodus because I feel like I need to learn the lessons of trust and dependence. Perhaps God may also put us in places that are uncomfortable so that we’ll learn to depend on him.
My prayer is simply that, if put to the dependence test, we will hope and trust in God.
Thanks for being a reader, and thanks for being an important person that God is using to allow my family and I to serve as missional entrepreneurs.