we give serious thought to our goals
and how to reach them, our time,
money, and priorities will usually
be determined by others. Identifying
some life objectives can lead us
into deeper intimacy with the Lord.
It can also result in healthier
relationships with family and friends,
and the peace of mind that comes
from a well-planned strategy. As
Proverbs says, The plans of
the diligent lead surely to advantage
begin, I encourage you to write
down each of your goals. Let me
remind you to keep your mind and
heart open to Gods desires
for you. Proverbs 16:9 reminds us,
A mans heart plans his
way, but the Lord directs his steps.
That doesnt mean you are not
supposed to make plans and set priorities.
But it does mean that on occasion,
you will need to adjust your focus
as God reveals His purposes for
your objectives are listed, write
why fulfilling them is important.
That way, youll know your
motivation for each goal you set.
For instance, your plan may be to
pay off the mortgage within five
years. Why? Perhaps you hope to
live without debt or would like
the assurance of a paid-for home
should anything happen to your health
or employment status. The why will
motivate you to continue in your
efforts when other things come up
that could be a temptation to abandon
that goal. Whats more, in
order to achieve your ambitions,
its important to have an idea
of what your objectives are and
why they are worth attaining.
like to suggest a couple of areas
to consider when setting goals:
spiritual goals are of utmost importance.
Perhaps you need to re-examine your
quiet timeor start one if
you dont already spend time
alone with God. Plan when and where
you will meet with the Lord during
the week. Dont leave it to
chance. Unless you set aside time,
other things will fill your schedule.
spiritual goal would be to join
a small group within your churchsuch
as a Sunday school class, prayer
team, or support group that seeks
to find Gods answers to difficult
questions. If there arent
any small groups within your church,
you might offer your time and energy
to facilitate one.
is another spiritual goal to consider.
Perhaps this is the year to stop
enjoying the benefits of fellowship
without giving back to your faith
communitycheck out church
ministries you could join to help
your Christian brothers and sisters
or people who dont yet know
the Lord. And if you attend a church
but have never joined, consider
becoming a formal member.
goals are vital to your growth as
a spouse, parent, child, friend,
pastor, boss, or employee. Try asking
would I like to become?
one thing would I like to see
God change in me?
character qualityif developedwould
make me a better parent, sibling,
son Andy once shared his character
goal with me. It has three parts:
husband worth respecting
father worth imitating
leader worth following
why did he feel those objectives
were important? That is what
God has called me to be, he
said. To move in this direction
will lead to a deep sense of accomplishment
and satisfaction. To become these
things will make my time on earth
worth having been here. It will
set a pace and direction for my
children that, if followed, will
ensure for them the best quality
of life they can experience as well.
Andy knows why he wants to achieve
this goal. That motivation will
help him in the choices he makes
and will guard him when temptation
the areas of your life that need
specific goals, and go to work.
Whether objectives involve finances,
relationships, or health, dont
waste time feeling sorry that you
didnt take action sooner.
Instead, begin to establish where
you want to be six months or a year
from now, and ask God to give you
the strength to stay on track. Enlist
a friend to hold you accountable
and periodically check up on your
ensure that you use your time well,
sit down and make a schedule for
the coming days. When the year ends,
you will be among the minority who
ended the year with more accomplished
and less left undone.
from Charles Stanleys
Handbook for Christian Living
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