As often as we begin a New Year, we make resolutions in an effort to
improve and better ourselves for the New Year. Easily made resolutions
usually produce easily broken ones. The goals we set are sometimes
sabotaged by our lack of understanding about how the Lord views our
future. We should ask ourselves if these are my goals or God’s goals.
There is nothing wrong with incorporating goal-setting into our daily
lives. We must always ask ourselves some important questions each time
we do. Will this goal get me where I want to go? Are my motives pure and
victorious in my heart? Will my goals violate the rights of others? Is
the price I am going to pay worth the cost of this goal? Finally, can I
truly ask the Lord to assist me in reaching these goals?
We must fight our earthly desires as they creep in corrupt our godly
ambitions making our goals ineffective. Goal settings will be blessed of
God if we allow His life-changing disciplines and principles to guide
our lives. Paul said in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” In Hebrews 12:2
the writer said, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of
God.” Our goals must never overlook or overshadow our calling to be
focused on Jesus, the one we can trust completely. We can always trust
the Lord for He knows the end from the beginning.
Donny and Sis. Sheila