It’s July already! Time for you to check-in with yourself to see how you are doing with those amazing goals that you set on January 1st. If you are like most of us, you set vague goals, like changing eating habits, improving your relationships, succeeding in business, exercising more, or even spending less. Some of us set vague spiritual goals like read my bible more, walk by faith, increase my giving, or trust God more. So how much progress have made in those various areas of concern?
Both secular and spiritual goals are noble; but without a targeted spiritual focus, it is unlikely that any of these goals will be achieved to a meaningful degree and result in the fulfillment that you are seeking. As believers, setting good spiritual goals should be our # 1 priority. Growing in our relationship with God and learning to be more like Jesus are of utmost importance. And secondly, we can use good Christian goal setting principles to achieve personal and professional goals that bring glory to God. The scripture can help us to be on point with our spiritual goals:
• Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18
• Set kingdom focused goals Matthew 6: 33
• Recognize that God is in control of the outcome Proverb 16: 9
• Delight yourself in the Lord and your plans will align with His Psalm 37: 4
When you do your year-end goal check-in six months from now, you should be able to not only check off some basic goals achieved, but more so, some spiritual growth and achievements.
What an accomplishment!
Pastor R. Mario Howell