More than half of Americans (60%) refuse to make New Year’s resolutions…which isn’t a bad thing since 80% of those who do make resolutions won’t keep them. In fact, Jesus said, ‘simply let yes be yes and no be no.’
On the other hand, setting a goal is a slightly different venture. Life is the gift God gives to us; what we do with our life is the gift we return to Him. Instead of setting a resolution, consider goals as the gift you prepare for the King of Kings.
Check out these verses if you need some convincing that plans and purposes are supported by Scripture.
As the New Year zooms in, perhaps this little acrostic can help you outline some plans to ‘be your best for God’s glory’ in the coming days! The goals we set must be S.M.A.R.T. – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic & with tangible value. As you consider your goals, keep in mind we are triune beings: body, soul (mind), and spirit. Why not prayerfully seek a SMART goal for each area?
Goals must be Spirit-led and specific. Nice ideas are difficult to press toward. Specific plans happen–vague, ‘let’s get together’ plans do not. It is the same for goals.
“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11
Specific goals lend themselves to measurements. Celebrating incremental progress helps you stay the course to the destination.
“Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!” Proverbs 14:23
Success inspires success. Goals that are beyond reach bring discouragement quickly. Evaluate your plans and don’t press to the limits of possibilities.
“When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do. Deuteronomy 24:19
Goals need to be more than wishes; you must truly want to invest time and effort–as well as make sacrifices–to achieve goals.
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” Luke 14:28
Goals that do not add to your life will not hold your commitment. Consider how the goal you have set adds value to your life…how it contributes to the priorities God has placed in your heart.
Let’s spur one another on to good works. What will you aim for in the coming year?