A few years ago, I made SEEK my word for the rest of my life. In fact, Rev bought me a bracelet that has the words SEEK FIRST written on it, based on the verse…
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 16:33 (NIV)
I want to KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE GOD with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I also want to know and obey His will.
The thing I struggle with when it comes to knowing, trusting, loving, and obeying is intentionality.
Maybe you can relate. Life can get busy and I’m guilty of simply taking care of the noisiest thing right in front of me rather than setting goals and planning in advance.
I want to be more deliberate about goal setting and planning.
So this year, I’m resolved to set weekly goals that will not only bless me but help me live for God’s glory. But honestly, I’m not very good at making lists . . . I never know where to start.
That’s why I’m dividing my goals into stewardship categories.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.Colossians 3:23 (ESV)
Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.Romans 6:13
That’s everything! Spiritually. Relationally. Physically. Professionally. And Personally.
Here’s my first list . . . Categories, Goals, and Verses that Inspire
♥ Spiritual Goals – Spend time with God every day.
But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. (Acts 6:4 ESV)
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! (Psalm 95:6)
♥ Relational Goals – Reach out to someone outside of my household every day . . . family and/or friend.
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
♥ Physical Goals – Exercise 4 or 5 times a week and do my best to eat a healthy diet.
God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
♥ Professional Goals – write at least 3 posts a week, reply to all comments, and interact on social media.
She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. (Proverbs 31:17)
♥ Personal Goals – take some time every day to read, rest, and resist my stress aggravators.
Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. (Psalm 116:7)
A Prayer to Set Goals that will Bless
and Help Us Live for God’s Glory
Father, thank you! You are so very good and gracious. You’ve blessed me in wonderful ways.
Lord, it is the desire of my heart to SEEK You and Your Kingdom above everything else in my life. You give me everything I need and I pray to use it all in ways that will glorify You. Forgive me for the countless times I’ve fallen short of Your will for me. Please help me to be a faithful steward spiritually, relationally, physically, professionally, and personally. Help me fill my life with actions and efforts that trust and obey Your commands. Fill me with Your Spirit, bless me with wisdom, and guide my steps to follow the path You want for me.
By Your grace, please grant me the strength and health to accomplish these goals that will bless me and glorify You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Let me ask you…
Are you a goal setter? Do you have a goal-setting plan? What or who inspires you?
Let’s work together to make this year a year of living with goals that bless us, bless others, and glorify the Lord.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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