Now that we are a few days into 2019, most New Year Resolutions will be forgotten, but I’d like to give a few suggestions for how we can accomplish our goals this year. Goal-setting, if done correctly, can provide great opportunities for spiritual growth, and empower you for influence.
The Bible is full of examples of men and women that set goals. Noah’s goal, as instructed by God, was to build the ark. Jacob’s goal was to have Rachel as his bride. He gave 14 years of his life to reach this goal. Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, and he did so in 56 days.
In Nehemiah 2:17, we read, “Then I said to them, ‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproached.’”
We not only read of Nehemiah’s goal, but we are also given the reason behind his goal. Nehemiah stated, “that we may no longer be a disgrace.” Knowing the why is often the motivation for the what!
Setting goals may not be for everyone, but if you would like to be on this goal-setting journey with me, let’s get started. Here are five ideas in goal-setting:
1. Aim. Be specific in setting goals. If your goal is to read more books in 2019, decide how many and purchase the first three on your list.
2. Block out time. Often, we leave it up to finding time to work on certain goals. The reality is that time is never found. All of us have 24 hours a day to achieve our daily goals if we are intentional to block out the time.
3. Prioritizing goals. Not all goals require specific times of our day, but they do require our attention. Prioritize what is most important. Some days we will not have time to accomplish all of our goals, and that is okay.
4. Guard your goals. Warning! Don’t share your goals with everyone. Some people wouldn’t understand the reason for your goals. Determine who the key people are that will help you accomplish your goals. Ask them to hold you accountable.
5. Keep score. Focus on the gain and not the gap. Measure success and not defeat. There are many ways to keep score, such as using planners, apps, or journals. Find what works best for you, but be sure to keep score and celebrate the wins.
May your new year be filled with God’s wonderful blessings, as you work to accomplish His will for your life. Blessings!
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.