Setting Goals: A Key to Success
Our heavenly Father's desire is that we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:29), become like Him (Rom. 8:29), and carry out God's plan (Eph. 2:10). Setting goals will help us to succeed in accomplishing His work.
Asking God for instruction is where we should begin every time. Through meditating on the Scriptures, seeking the Lord in prayer, and receiving wise counsel, we can determine the work He has chosen for us. Setting wise goals along the way will also help us achieve it in a godly manner.
I remember a time when I wanted to get a clearer picture of the Lord's work for me and how to carry it out. I set aside a week to pray and fast while I sought to know His plans. Each day I would record ideas that came to mind. Sometimes they would seem too big, and I would hesitate. But I could sense the Spirit's urging to write everything down. By week's end, I had a list of goals. Some of them were short-term—for the next day, week, or month. Others were intermediate, covering a year or two, or long-range for the following five to ten years. Many of the ideas seemed like impossibilities at the time. It surprised me how God brought many of them to fruition, not because of anything I planned but because they were what He wanted.
Life is a gift: God gave us physical life in our mother's womb and spiritual life in Christ (John 20:31). To waste what He has given is wrong. Setting goals in line with His purposes will help us succeed both spiritually and physically—in growing Christlikeness as well as relationships and work.
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