Do you have goals? At the end of every year we start hearing about writing down our goals and how we should be planning for the next year. Why is it so important to do this?
Did you know that the Bible even talks about goals? I didn’t really ever think about it until I started to write about it. So what does it say? It’s important as a believer to base our actions on the Word of God. It helps us to be better planners and have a reason for what we do.
1. Our goal is to please God.
So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. 2 Cor. 2:9 NLT
Do you ever wonder if you are pleasing God? Life is not about us or pleasing other people, but about pleasing God. So whatever we do in our day-to-day life, we should be doing it in obedience and to the satisfaction of God’s ways.
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Gal. 1:10 NLT
2. Our goal is to love.
“Let love be your highest goal!” 1 Cor. 14:1 NLT
I have never really thought about making love my goal. But according to God, this should be at the top of our list. Makes sense—after all, it is the first and second commandment.
“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:38
We need more peace, giving and joy in the world and less evil, jealousy and stealing. Let love be your highest goal.
3. Our goal is to provide for family and ourselves.
“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11 NLT
I believe this is where we normally begin preparing and planning our goals year after year, without ever thinking of pleasing the Lord and putting love on top. We dream of what we want our life to become and then say to ourselves “That’s what I want to become or do this year.” But many times that’s it until the end of the next year and not much has changed. Shame on us. Maybe if we learn to do it God’s way our dreams and goals can become a reality.
Now, to answer the question, “Do I really need daily and annual goals?”
Do you? I believe that is a personal decision based on your dreams and personality. Everyone is different. For me, the answer is yes. I do need goals to help me stay focused and it’s important for me to write them down. I use the web-based notebook called “Evernote” to file all my goals, dreams, to-do lists, contacts, journal, prayers and so much more in. At the end of each year I don’t have to hunt for my prior year’s list— it’s in Evernote. I can check it during the year and at year’s end see how well I am staying on track.
I believe 2017 is going to be different because the first goals I want to set are to please God and make love my highest goal. All else will fall under that.
We will be discussing more about dealing with time and how to manage your’s better over the month of January.
We never seem to have enough time, however God thought 24 hours a day was all we needed. We would be wiped out if we had any more than that. God knows best.
Are you a goal setter?
What is one goal you have for 2017?
Can you leave it in the comments? We will pray for you.
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