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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Learning To Exercise My Faith By Setting Goals

In review of Proverbs 17:24 it says, “An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions.”

Bottom Line:
Smart people take aim at wise actions, a fool will just wander around.

What this means to me:
A person with understanding will always be looking for wisdom, but the mind of a foolish person will not be focused and will wander greatly.  In my life, I do a lot of things that likely won’t matter. In order to really achieve my dreams, I need to decide what really matters and what will last and focus on that and not wander aimlessly. Once I figure out what matters the most, then I need to set goals big enough to require faith. Jesus explains in Matthew 9 that he will bless me as much as I want. His blessing however depends on the size of my faith. Jesus says, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV). God is saying choose my cup, and he’ll fill it. So whether I have a little teacup, a five-gallon jug, or a 100-gallon barrel of faith, God will fill it up according to my faith. How much I trust God, will determine how much He’ll bless me. The best way to exercise faith is by setting goals. Setting a goal says, “God, I believe you’re telling me that you want me to accomplish this by a particular date. It’s really going to stretch me to do it, but I believe this is what I need to do.”
A goal set in FAITH is characterized by being:
  • Focused: It’s specific, something I can actually measure.
  • Attainable: It’s possible and practical. If I set an unrealistic goal, I won’t be able accomplish it.
  • Individual: It’s personal. I can’t set goals for other people. I have ownership over my own goals only, not someone else’s.
  • Trackable: My goal needs a deadline on it. Without a date on it, it’s not a goal.
  • Heartfelt: Never set a goal that I’m not passionate about.  Without passion and a strong desire I will never accomplish it.
I’ll consider that as I set goals for this year. I’ll then work with and see how God can help me accomplish them.