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In Touch 05-12-04

In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Wednesday, May 12
InTouch Early Light Devotional

Goal Setting: The Key to Success
Philippians 3:7-11

The world is full of advice on how to set and achieve goals. In each case, the advice starts with us - identifying who we want to become and what we should do to be "successful." But Christian goal setting is to start with an attitude and focus that is God-centered.

The attitude - "I want to be who God wants me to be."
The focus - "I will look to God for direction in all areas of my life and obey."

Both aspects involve identifying the steps God wants us to take, but we often find ourselves not doing that. Let's consider what stops us.

Some people lack knowledge on how to identify God's plan while others are mentally lazy. The solution to both situations is to give attention to Scripture. When we invest significant time considering Jesus' life and words, we will learn God's pattern for living and identify specific steps to take. This requires mental energy and commitment, but the reward is great. Lack of faith  can be another hindrance. Why set goals when we are convinced we cannot do what God is asking? The answer is to build our faith through systematic Bible study and apply it by setting small goals. Fear of failure also keeps us from establishing goals. We can overcome this obstacle by remembering that in Christ, there is no condemnation. (Romans 8:1)

Do you desire to move ahead in your Christian life, growing more like Jesus and acting less like your old self? Goal setting with the right attitude and focus will help.

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