So we are already half way through the year!! Yaaay! How time flies. Most of us, started the year setting goals, how far have we gone achieving them? This post calls for a reflection, and I hope it helps in achieving those goals you set out earlier on.
How many times in our life have we said this is the year that will be different and we have good intentions but nothing changes? What does it really take to make a permanent change in our lives? Discipline!
Goal setting is a spiritual discipline, like prayer, fasting, spending time alone with God and all of the other spiritual habits. You can waste your life, spend your life or invest your life. If you want to invest your life, you should spend it on that which outlasts it. As the saying goes, there are three kinds of people in the world, those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who have no idea about what’s happening. Some people do not plan at all and are like I’ll just go with the flow, but that’s a spiritual dead end. One of the reasons you need to set goals is because God set goals. You might not have realized it, but God sets goals in our lives, things that have happened and things we are not aware of will happen. He takes us through phases to mold us, build character for the bigger picture He has at hand.
And this is the plan: At the right time, he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.-Ephesians 1:10 (NLT)
Goals focus your energy. Energy not focused is diffused and has little power.
Therefore, I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing]- I Corinthians 9:26 (MSG)
You do not have time for everything and God doesn’t expect you to do everything because not everything is good in the first place.A lot of the time we are wasting our life on second-time causes. We need to know what’s urgent and what’s important. The urgent is almost never the most important thing. The urgent almost always pushes the important out of the way. A lot of stuff won’t matter tomorrow. Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and wondering, “where did all my time go?”. That’s because you were not focused and didn’t have a goal. Don’t waste your time on non-essentials. That means you need to know the difference between essentials and priorities, the difference between activity and achievement, the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important. The secret to an effective life is focus.
Goals stretch your faith. They affirm your trust in God. Dreams are good, but they don’t do anything unless you wake up and go to work. There are dreams; then there are resolutions and then there are goals. The best of them is goals. A lot of people have dreams, but they don’t do anything about it, they just keep on dreaming, and there is nothing wrong with resolutions, but you have to have accountability and other factors behind it. But a goal is a dream with a deadline. Don’t set little goals and try to accomplish them quickly. Set big goals. When you set goals in faith, they get earlier fulfilled than you thought. Set goals that stretch you a little bit that make you scared. Dream big, let God work.
Goals build character. The greatest benefit of setting goals is not that you reach your goal and accomplish what that is, it is what happens in you on the journey, what you become and what changes in you.Because really, you are not taking any of your accomplishments to heaven, but you are taking YOU, the character that you developed here on earth. And the reason God put you on earth instead of taking you to heaven is to develop character. And one of the ways you develop character is by setting a goal and going after it and not giving into all kinds of difficulties. While you are working on the goal, God is working on you.
In the journey of reaching your goals, you’ll need people in your life to help you out. You cannot achieve a goal on your own. You’ll see yourself giving up at some point. Life is not a 50-yard dash. If it were, most of us won’t make it. Life is a marathon. God doesn’t care how fast you run it. He just wants you to get to the finish line. You’re not in a race to run fast; you’re in a race to end well, to get to the finish line. So in summary to achieve your goals, you need God’s power for discipline and a community, other people who are part of the process, a small group/partner you are accountable to.