New Years Resolutions

Friend, I don’t know you… but I like to start the conversation assuming we will be or could be friends. So I’ll say to you, friend, make some goals for 2018. Go do something this year!


I didn’t do this last year and was able to still have an awesome time doing amazing things in most of these areas.  This year I wanted to take some time and write out my goals so that I would be able to measure them against my efforts.


To be clear I operate on a “grace based” theology, meaning, I don’t believe I deserve anything I have. Everything is therefore a gift from God and I take it that way. This includes my drive to accomplish my goals and acquisition thereof.


Here are my goals. My friend Melissa sent me a photo of her goals board and I stole her topics and wrote up my own goals. Feel free to engage me on this stuff or ignore me altogether. Hope anything, I write will encourage you to lean on God to do some awesome things this year. Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. that is,

1) Strategic

2) Measurable

3) Achievable 

4) Realistic

5) Timely


You can decide if you think mine are S.M.A.R.T. or not... in the end they're mine not yours. Ha!




Assad's 2018 Goals


  1. Read my Bible

  2. Walk with God once a month (like... a literal walk or prayer walk)

  3. Increase weekly prayer time

  4. Make New Disciples

  5. Mentor Current Disciples


  1. One memorable thing per week with my kiddos and wife

  2. One getaway with my wife

  3. Date time with Summer

  4. Dad time with kids

  5. Put together a family cook book (12-24 recipes)

  6. One 2 week family vacation


  1. Pay attention to what I’m eating & drinking regularly (daily/weekly)

  2. Get to gym 4 days a week

  3. Ride bike 1 time a week

  4. Work on core training

  5. Building up to a century ride

  6. Get in the pool at least 5 times


  1. Pay off credit debt

  2. Start a college fund

  3. Get more traction on my retirement fund


  1. Spend more time with friends

  2. Spend time with new friends who share similar interests.


  1. Go snowboarding this year (at least once)

  2. Starting learning vocabulary in Arabic, French and Italian (20 words in each language)


  1. Preach from memory

  2. Figure out a way to disciple guys

  3. Blog regularly (1-2 times per month)

  4. Develop Middle East Christian partners

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