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Setting Healthy Goals

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)

It has been rightly said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Most of us probably don’t think about this, but we would be wise to keep it in the forefront of our mind when making personal, professional—and most importantly—spiritual goals. Setting goals can be an invaluable tool for us to achieve what we have a desire to accomplish, and failure to do so can be the difference between whether we will experience success or additional failure.  Now when it comes to building a patio deck this might not be all that important, but when it comes to our walk with the Lord or how we will choose to face a trial, I believe it is imperative.  

Q: So how should we go about setting healthy goals in our life?

I personally believe the best way is to write our goals down. There have been studies done claiming written goals are more apt to be accomplished over unwritten ones, and if they are both written and verbalized to another person the percentage rate for achieving them rises even more so.  When we write down something we hope to accomplish it actually brings about a greater statement of intention, and it encourages a greater dedication to the task at hand as it provides a physical reminder of our objectives.  

So, what would a checklist look like for your daily goals with respect to your Christian walk?  I will let the Lord guide you in what you will put down, but I would like to share an example of what one might look like, or include. I hope you are blessed by it. 

1. Start my day by spending time with God.  

o  Let God know how thankful I am for answered prayers, and for what He Has done in my life, and in the lives of those I love.

o  Make my prayers and supplications to the Lord, including asking for His protective armor, and a fresh filling of His Spirit (Eph. 5:18; 6:10-18).

o  Intercede in prayer for others.   

2. Read my Bible—asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, understanding and application for my life (John 14:26).

3. Seek to do everything as unto the Lord Himself (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31), and to be a vessel of honor (2 Tim 2)

4. Look for opportunities to share Jesus with others (Matt. 28:19-20).

5. Be willing to do whatever is best for others, regardless of what it costs (John 13:34-35; 1 John 3:16; 4:7-8). 

6. Be flexible to be used by God in whatever capacity He chooses. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things, and then ask the Lord to help you put together a list. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 3:14, what was Paul’s goal in life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to write out a list of goals you would like to achieve as a follower of Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer, asking Him about the goals He would like for you to achieve. Now ask for His wisdom, leading, equipping, and empowering to achieve these goals. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for challenging me to think about how I will live my life.  Help me to see and know Your heart, and to be able to make good choices for setting healthy goals for my life.  I need Your leading and vision today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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