7 Goals in 2011

2010 has been an amazing year. I can’t help but smile when I look back and think about all the things I’ve been blessed to be a part of. Just thinking about it makes me excited about the new year that is right around the corner.  Here are a few things I’d like to do better at in 2011…


  1. Practice what I preach.
  2. To keep my faith and family at the top of my priorities.
  3. To quit seeing Honduras, the homeless and people in poverty as my mission projects, but rather as my friends who have needs.
  4. To stop being held back by what others might think but instead to do what I feel God wants me to do.
  5. To dream big dreams without being afraid to fail.
  6. To grow deeper in my love for my God, my wife and my boys.
  7. To continue to build some relationships with those who are very different than me.

That’s just a few things that come to mind. Do you have any goals for this coming year?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. nick gill says:

    I read an article recently entitled “”Why I Stopped Serving The Poor” and it really shook me. The author’s thoughts move in the same direction as your third goal, but farther in the sense that until we stop seeing ourselves as privileged helpers and are able to recognize ourselves as the poor and see Jesus our Master in the least and the lost, we’re still playing games. I don’t know how right he is, but he definitely shook me up. Here’s my favorite excerpt.

    Seeing Ourselves in the Poorest of the Poor

    I have given up on serving the poor for another reason.

    Since 1993, when I regularly went to the streets with a bunch of kids to reach out to the homeless, I developed a spiritual discipline. On the cold nights when we would go out to the streets of my city, I made a point to the kids that we were not going out to meet the “homeless” or the “needy”. I would tell the kids that in all honesty, I never really ever felt excited about serving bread to a homeless beggar, or making him or her a bed, or clothing their nakedness. The spiritual discipline we instated was to constantly use the motto “we go to meet Jesus in the poorest of the poor”. Serving, feeding and clothing Jesus was our motivation. Now, that excited me.

    We discovered each time we went out, that in each of these encounters with a camouflaged Jesus, the so-called “Miserable” would be transformed into Masters – into those who denounced our personal misery, and who were transformed into unveiling agents of our manipulative mechanisms.

    We suddenly saw ourselves mirrored in the very “poor” we were serving. We recognized that we were constantly using the same excuses and lies to get what we wanted – perhaps more successfully, and surely with more social acceptance and security mechanisms. But throughout this process we came to discover that we were “the poor”.

  2. Amy Voss says:

    Those look like good goals! :)

  3. Debbie Thomas says:

    Those goals are actually reasonable, ones that we all could do…may I borrow some of them for myself??

  4. Angie Cox says:

    Good luck with Number 4. That one’s a toughy when you are employed by those who have opinions about what you should think and believe. 😉 Fortunately for you, it appears you are in a place that wants similar goals.

    • Trey Morgan says:


      That is a challenge in any place where you’re “employed.” To speak out in opposition against what your boss or other employees think is dangerous. I can see how people and ministers would be cautious with their expressing their view points.

      As a minister, I know there will always be things that me and those in my church differ on. The thing I always try and stress is that we can differ without dividing … or in other words we can differ and still love one another. That seems to be the key for me in Childress. So far our desire for unity has out weighed our desire to have everyone think one certain thing. Hopefully that will continue to be the case.

  5. Maggie Beth says:

    I want to get my passport. 2011 is the 3rd year this has been a resolution!

    Laugh more – I miss laughing – and I miss the overwhelming joy of making other people laugh.

    Submit some of my writings to publishers and see what happens -daydreaming about it does not seem to be working.

    Say what I need to say. Not in a ugly, rude or hateful way – I just want to be certain that no matter what — I always have the peace of mind that I said what I needed to say to all those I care about.

    If ’11 is anything like 10 was – it is GONNA ROCK!!! Can’t wait!!


    • Trey Morgan says:

      Got plans to use that passport?

      I like your feelings about 2011.

      • Maggie Beth says:

        USE the passport!? What sort of pressure it that!!??

        Use of the passport will probably insue after 3 years of ‘daydreaming’ about what stamp I want to be the VERY first in my book!

        GEEZ!!! You “passport holders” think we newbies can just globetrot all willey-nilley!!

        ………OH, YES! I plan on using it……..(SMILE)

  6. Terry says:

    You have a good perspective on your third goal. The homeless and poor need friendship even more than they need food, clothing, and a place to stay. They need friends who will walk alongside them, encourage them, forgive them, provide them with the biblical message of Christ, and hold them accountable. They need people who will love them.

  7. Chris Clouse says:


    I am adopting the following motto for this year: Sift, Sort and Simplify… I didn’t come up with it, but I loved it and felt it was something I definitely needed; both in my personal life and in my faith…

    If I can get back into the routine of writing again, I am going to try and develop this theme in a series of articles related to faith versus tradition…

    Good to see you are still producing quality material and blessing lives… Keep up the good work…

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