Today's Devotional Thought
June 18, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
Goal Setting, Part III
Today, I want to talk about how we can apply what we have learned over the last two days on why setting goals is so important. When you look at goal setting, I don’t want for you to look at it in the same way you look at writing down your New Year’s Resolutions. It seems like we take those and put them in a drawer somewhere and they never seem to resurface the entire year and nothing ends up accomplished that was on the list. Instead, I want for us to look at some practical ways to set goals that will lead us into deeper relationships with our family and friends, a deeper relationship with the Lord and also a peace of mind when it comes to having a well planned out strategy.
First, I want you to write out your goals. Take a piece of paper and write out your goals on one side of a piece of paper. Next to it, write why it is so important for you to accomplish that goal. When you look at the reason why it is important, you will see what your motivation for it is. Let’s say, for instance, that you want to pay off debt this year. Your reason for doing that may be that you want to have more financial freedom, perhaps your child is headed to college and you need more money to pay for their tuition. When you determine how important this goal is, then you will not be as tempted when things come up that you really want to spend money on but know you shouldn’t because of the goal you have set. As we can see in this example, explicit goal setting with a focus on why it is important to us can help us be more focused and motivated in it.
As you are writing down your goals, I recommend that you look at every area of your life. In addition to financial goals, you should set marriage goals, parenting goals, personal character goals, and spiritual goals among others. All of these goals should be prayed about in your quiet time. What type of person do you want to be in all of these areas and why? We all must have a better understanding of what our goals are in life and why they are worth attaining if we are going to be successful and achieve them.
Of all of these goals, we all need to make sure we set a spiritual life goal. Included in this is making sure that we have quiet time with the Lord each day. It is so important. If you don’t already have a quiet time with the Lord each day, then make a plan to start. If you do have quiet time but you could use even more time, then come up with a new plan. Friends, if you don’t’ have a plan, chances are that you won’t make time for God and you must prioritize quiet time with the Lord. In addition to quiet time with the Lord, I recommend that you set spiritual goals of connecting with other believers through a Sunday School class, a bible study, or a prayer group. Also, find a place where you can serve.
The final goal I want to talk about is character goals; we all need to grow as individuals. This could be as a parent, child, Pastor, friend, spouse or boss. Let’s look at some questions we can ask ourselves as we plan to goal set. What would I like to become? What one thing would I like to see God change in my character? What character quality if developed would make me a better person? When you’ve thought over your answers you will then be able to set some pretty specific goals.
Ladies, once you have set your goals, please have an accountability partner who you can share them with. Have that be someone who will really encourage you and push you when you need to be pushed. When you are aware that someone else knows what your goals are, you will be more focused and committed to achieving them. Don’t waste time my friends start setting goals and go after them today.
For the past three days we have been discussing goal setting. We have discussed the importance of goal setting as well as how setting goals allows us to clarify our priorities. It is very important to have goals. And, let me remind you that you can set your goals and have a plan for your life, but you must also leave your heart and mind open to God’s desires for your life.
Good luck friends and enjoy setting those goals and accomplishing them one by one. Maximize you time and potential for the Lord, lift His name up and glorify Him in everything that you do.