I can set New Year’s resolutions all.day.long. I love goal-setting, planning, prioritizing, checklists, checking goals off when I’ve reached them. Have I mentioned I’m a 1?
This year, I have bigger goals than ever. And I’m SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THEM. Physical goals, financial goals, investment goals, relationship goals… Give me all the goals. I’m a goal digger, surrounded by a community of achievers both on and offline.
But if goals are what gets you through a week, a month, a year, it’s time to take a hard look at what you are actually achieving.
I believe we were made with an ultimate goal already built into our DNA. The goal to know God. To live beyond life on earth and for the far bigger end of eternity with Him.
Sadly, our goal-getting can cause us to lose sight of this. To lessen the priority of what’s most important. And even to forget who we are and what we were made for.
If goals - however noble they may be - become our main motivation from one day to the next; becoming more fit, increasing our financial standing, gaining influence and building a bigger kingdom - whatever that looks like - we will gradually lose the true purpose of our life in numbed forward motion.
I’m loving my goal-setting this year, and this is not to knock the act of it. But I have to regularly stop and remind myself that one day, I will leave earth and all these achievements behind. One day, I will talk face-to-face with my maker and share with him what and who I lived for.
I will start this next year already losing if I neglect the ultimate goal of each and every breath I’m given: To live in-step with God and fulfill the purposes He’s given me.
Especially this purpose.
Beyond the smaller, less important goals I’m looking forward to achieving in 2019, I have a bigger, much more meaningful goal to know God more deeply this year. To be more intentional in my time with him. To align everything else with his whispers and Word. To be bolder about my faith in Jesus Christ. To live in a way that inspires and challenges other believers. These are the goals I will be proud to invest in - the eternal goals that don’t pass when I take my last breath.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you for letting me preach a bit. And let me encourage you to add faith goals to your list. In fact, put a big one at the top of your 2019 resolutions. Don’t go soft when it comes to living out your beliefs.
If God is asking for more from you, let this be the year you fully commit to what that is. More focused attention during devotionals. More prayer. More openness in worship. More effort in being involved with a church community. More exploring what you believe and why. More serving, sharing or giving. More accountability with someone you know will speak godly truth to you. More being the example in your family. More scripture memorization. Less distraction (even by what’s good or innocent) and more deliberate decision-making.
Make 2019 the year you deepen your faith. I will be setting the same goals with you, you won’t be alone!
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13
If you feel like you’ve coasted for too long and need a push, this is a good place to start.
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