First step…pray!

Goals that are formulated with an eternal perspective are the most effective goals we Christians can make. The first step in formulating these types of goals is spending a consistent daily time in prayer with God. Prayer will help us get into the correct mindset with the Lord. Then, we need to take time to write down our goals. Refine the goals and, prioritize them so that they can be made measurable and visible. Paul reminds us of a proper perspective of goal setting in Philippians 3:14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” The mark is the goal that Paul is trying to achieve through Christ Jesus our Lord. Your goals should motivate you to keep focused on what is really important.

For the Christian adult, being a Successful Life Manager consists of setting goals and obtaining future goals while also providing for the “what if’s” that life will sometimes bring. This will all be accomplished by living our life to God’s ultimate purpose. The goal setting process will help promote responsible planning so that you have a finish line. This process will help you towards reaching all your goals. These goals can include retirement, gifting, family, ministry and your ultimate life’s mission. Whatever your goals, the process of writing them down will help ensure that your goals are met.

Observe the lives of Christians who have mastered adversity and note that, irrespective of obstacles, they have established goals. Then they vigorously sought to achieve them. The apostle Paul stated in Acts18:6 that he was going to take the gospel to the gentiles. His heart’s desire was to see the Gentiles birthed into the family of God. With much affliction, the Apostle Paul achieve this goal. With his mind fixed upon the goal of delivering the gospel to the gentiles, he concentrated all his energy on the task, and he surmounted stonings, perils at sea, beatings, prison and nakedness (1 Corinthians 11:24-27). The result, we have the gospel being preached thoughout the world. The gentiles are being reached because Paul had a calling, a goal with an eternal perspective and a desire to reach the multitude for Christ Jesus. Psalms 37:4-5 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

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