Today's Devotional Thought
June 17, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Goal Setting, Part II
Let me start off today asking, did you make a list of goals for yourself? I hope that you did or that you are at least thinking about setting goals and taking action to make them come to fruition. Yesterday we covered the first two observations about the importance of goal setting which were (1) Setting goals establishes priorities; and (2) Setting goals enables you to move from remorse to real change. I ended yesterday by telling you to live life with no regrets and to set goals and just do it!
Today, I want to give you the last two observations about the importance of goal setting, and then on Friday I have decided to finish out the week with how we can apply what we’ve learned about goal setting and then discuss areas that we might consider when we begin setting our goals. I am really enjoying sharing this with all of you. The Lord has really impressed upon my heart in the last few weeks the importance of setting goals and persevering until they are achieved.
The third observation about the importance of goals is that goals are a tool for character building. Setting goals is one of the most effective character building tools God has given us. When we set goals we learn discipline through delayed gratification. Having goals in our lives is a sure way of learning self control as well. If you are looking to pay off your debt then you must learn to control your spending habits. If you are trying to get in shape and lose weight then when your neighbor brings over a delicious chocolate cake you must exercise self control and let the rest of the family enjoy it (with you out of the room of course).
It helps if we look at how these decisions or goals will affect us not only today, but in the future. In other words, don’t live just for today. Living for the future puts things in perspective. We need to stop and think about the choices we are about to make or the sins we are tempted to commit and ask what will be the lasting affects from them. When we do that, I believe we will think twice before we act. We must be determined to look at how every decision will affect not only us but those in our family as well. In order for us to stay focused I believe we need to set goals and make a plan of action.
The fourth observation about the importance of goals is that goals are evidence that you are serious about your God-given responsibilities. This is the most important reason to set goals. So many people just live for today and accept no responsibility for their life. This seems to have become a popular belief. If you watch the news you will see people everyday who are looking for someone to blame or someone else to take responsibility for their wrong behavior. God never meant for us to shirk off the responsibilities He has given us for our time on this earth. As parents, for example, we need to accept the responsibility of parenting our children or someone else will take over. This lack of responsibility could be deadly for our children.
There are so many things in this world that are working to distract us from being motivated to move forward. These four observations that Charles Stanley lists about the importance of goals are great! They can help us not be complacent in our lives. Think about some goals you would like to set and make sure they are ones that draw you closer to your family and closer to God.
Tomorrow, we will learn how to apply these four observations and also the types of goals that we should all desire to achieve.