Today's Devotional Thought
June 16, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Goal Setting, Part I
Goal setting is something I am striving to achieve in my life right now. I have spent years thinking I should do this or that and then sure enough, time passes and I haven’t completed any of those things I wanted to. Does this sound familiar to you?
We all need to give serious thought to our life goals and in what manner we are going to obtain them. In Matthew, we are told not to worry about tomorrow, but it doesn’t say not to think about it. I think we all understand what goal setting is and many of us have attained certain goals in our lifetime. We strive towards the type of career we desire or we know we must have a plan when in comes to buying a home or blueprints if we are going to build a home. God desires for us to have a plan for our life and that means setting goals.
Some have claimed that there is some contradiction between living by faith and setting goals. There isn’t though! When I started setting a few goals for my life, I decided to research goal setting and I read Charles Stanley’s book, “The Glorious Journey.” In this book, Charles Stanley lists 4 observations about goals that show how our walk of faith and plans for the future really do fit together. Today I want to talk about the first 2 and tomorrow I will talk about the last two.
The first observation that Charles Stanley makes about goals is that setting goals establishes our priorities. If we don’t decide what our priorities are in life then someone or something else will determine them for us. When we become a Christian our priorities should change. When we grow in our relationship with the Lord we should begin to see a priority shift. Take a look at how you spend your time or your money and you will see where your priorities are. Setting goals is a way to reaffirm our priorities and insure that we are achieving the priorities that we claim to have.
The second observation that Charles Stanley makes about goals is that setting goals enables us to move from remorse to real change. As you are reading this I am sure you can think of something right now that you wanted to change in your life but you never did. Friend, we all regret things we did or didn’t do in the last year. However, feeling that regret or remorse isn’t going to change anything. We need to kick into action and set goals to change and when we complete them we will feel a real sense of satisfaction (and stop feeling the remorse of inaction).
Make a plan, set a goal and decide what action you are going to take to complete it. Live life with no regrets (that is my husband’s motto and it has crossed over into the rest of our family). If you want to change something in your life then like the Nike slogan says, JUST DO IT!!!
I look forward to bringing to you tomorrow the last 2 observations on goal setting. Begin today to set goals for your life. They are so important. And, I believe they give us more focus in life, affirm our priorities, and give us the determination to move towards something. And, when you accomplish your goals, you will have a real sense of accomplishment and will stop living a life of remorse.