Monday, October 20, 2014

Learning How to Set a FAITH Based Goal

In review of Philippians 3:13-14 it says, “I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.”

Bottom Line:
I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I do, I forget the past, and run toward the goal to receive the prize God offers, what Christ Jesus has done for us.

What this means to me:
I am still not all I should be, but I will focus on this one thing; forget what is behind and do my best to reach what is ahead. I will press on toward the goal, the prize that God offers. I do this because of what Christ has done for me.

Goals are simply statements of faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith” and “Without faith it’s impossible to please God” and “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” and “According to your faith it will be done unto you.”

God will often operate in life by faith. This is why I feel that I need goals in my life, because a goal is a statement of faith. A goal says, “I believe God wants me to accomplish something by a certain date.” If I don’t have a date, it’s not a goal. It’s just a wish, dream or desire. The only thing that will change life is setting a goal. You’ve got to wake up from the wish and go to work!

A “FAITH” goal has five characteristics:

Focused. Meaning that its specific. Using words “more” or “less,” is not a focused enough. “I want to be less angry” or “I want to weigh less” or “I want to be more like Jesus” are not goals because they can’t be measured. So they must be specific.

Attainable. Setting an unrealistic goal, will only discourage. For instance if I say, “I’m going to pray three hours a day,” I”ll end up setting myself up for failure. Rather I should set a goal that stretches me and then trust God will help me stretch.

Individual. It must be personal. I cannot set goals for other people because I can’t control them. I can’t set goals for family. I can only set goals for myself, because I can control only myself and not anybody else. The only way to change others is by first changing yourself.

Trackable. A trackable goal can be measured. Its verifiable. Set a date and say, “By Nov. 30 I will have accomplished this, and by Dec. 30 I will have accomplished this, and by Jan. 30 I will have accomplished this.”

Heartfelt. My goals need to be heartfelt. I’ll never reach a passionless goal. If I’m not passionate about the goal, wait until I become passionate about it. If I don’t have a deep desire, then don’t set it.

One possible goal would be to have a regular quiet time four days a week for 30 min. That is a FAITH goal, and it can accomplished if it is in faith.

Today I will consider all the wishes for my life. I will convert the one’s I most passionate about into FAITH goals that I can really work towards. I will included these goals in my quiet time prayers.