New Year, New Goals

It’s a New Year!  Time to reflect on the previous one and think about the new one ahead.

Maybe you’ve already thought about it.  I haven’t.  I need a little more time to lay out my goals for 2015.  When I have them all set in my mind I’ll share them with you.

I do know that this year I’m going to approach it in a different way… by setting goals in various areas of my life.

I plan on setting a goal or two in the faith category.  I’ll work with my wife to come up with some for our family.

In my quiet time I’ll be coming up with some personal goals.  I’ll also be setting some career goals… and some for this blog.

My thought process is that by tackling the top goals in each area I’m more likely to have success.  Get a few wins in one category and it will have a snowball effect in other areas.  If you’re familiar with Dave Ramsey this is similar to his thought process in paying down debt.

How do you go about setting goals or resolutions for your New Year? What are your top goals for 2015?

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Weekly Verse – Happy New Year!

Well… we made it through another year!  For some of my friends it was a great one.  For others, it was challenging.  For me it was a little of both.

The best thing is that ALL of us get a fresh start… two ways! With the New Year and through Jesus!

I wanted to find a Bible verse to reflect this fresh start and settled on Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG)

“Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.”

How would you rate 2014?  Was it a great year, good year, so-so, or I’m glad it’s over?

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Oh, Deer!

Living in the Midwest it was bound to happen sometime and tonight was that sometime.  I hit my first deer… or rather, a deer hit me!

I was on a stretch of country highway where I’ve seen deer before so I was watching for them and wasn’t speeding.  All of a sudden a big doe came up out of the opposite ditch and right into the road.

There was enough distance between the deer and me to get slowed down to 20-30 mph but she made contact right on the driver side door.  It made quite a thud but didn’t set off the air bag.

I pulled over and caught my breath.  In the dark from the inside there didn’t appear to be any damage.  The door opened just fine and I got out to see how things looked from the outside.

At first I didn’t see anything wrong.  Then I noticed the side mirror had been ripped clean off.  There was some deer hair stuck into where the quarter panel had cracked in a few places.

Deer Hair from accident

That was it!  I couldn’t believe how lucky I was.  The deer, on the other hand, wasn’t as lucky.  It was still alive… but just barely.  It had enough energy to drag itself from the center of the road to the ditch.  The same ditch it was trying to get to in the first place.

Once in the ditch it rustled for a minute and then there was silence.

I felt really bad for the deer.  I hope it died quickly and didn’t suffer too long.  It was an extremely helpless feeling wanting to be able to put it out of it’s misery but not being able to do so.

A nice guy pulled over to make sure I was OK.  We talked for a bit.  He lived just around the corner and said there are always deer related accidents in that spot.

The rest of the way home I kept replaying the scene and thinking about how lucky I was.  I was unhurt.  A little rattle but unhurt.

The vehicle is still driveable.  I’ll patch up the quarter panel damage and hit up a junk yard for a replacement side mirror.  It might not look brand new but it’ll get me to work and back which is really all I need.

Deer accident side view

Deer damage another view

Deer are beautiful animals.  It’s cool to see them in the tree line as you drive by.  I have fond memories of bottle feeding the newborn fawns that my Grandfather raised.  I’m not a big fan of when they wander out on the road.

That was the first deer I’ve hit in 25 years of driving.  I certainly hope it was the last!

Do you have you own deer accident story?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to hear it.

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