Where Are You Headed?
This past Sunday, I preached a message God clearly spoke to my heart. Prior to God giving me this message I was very busy. Busy sitting in my bed writing a page full of things I hoped to accomplish in 2019. I was doing my best to create goals and then set out to reach them. God showed me there was nothing wrong with my effort, but my pre-approach needed some work. God pointed out four things I needed to consider before I created my goals for 2019.
#1 We All Need Clear Goals.
Zig Ziglar says, “If you aim for nothing you will hit every time.” Many don’t make resolutions because they’re afraid to fail. Well, to not create clear goals makes you bound to fail. You’ve got to set clear targets on a wall and then aim daily towards reaching them. You’ve got to discover where God wants your life to head then determine to head for it.
#2 You Need Worthwhile Goals.
Don’t get your bucket list mixed up with God’s hope list. Maybe you do need to eat healthier and exercise. Maybe you do need to quit certain habits. Maybe you do need to let the past go and start living life to the fullest. Maybe you do need to reconnect with your family. Maybe you do need to find a good local church. Whatever your goals make sure they are most worth your time, talents, and resources for the glory of God. There’s nothing worse than wasting life on the meaningless while missing out on the meaningful.
#3 You Need Prioritized Goals.
Listen, your highest prioritized goals dictate the majority of your life. For example, if I’m most concerned with having material things it can drive me to work all the time. If football is my highest priority it can take the place of my faith and pull me away from my family. You need to establish a clear top three goal list. For me, God revealed three things I needed to focus on most in this order. In 2019, I plan to stay focused on growing my faith, loving and leading my family, and investing in the lives of others. Now, I have many other detailed goals. But, none are greater than those things. My established priorities will dictate my life for good or bad.
#4 You Need Foundational Goals.
We live in a dream world. A world that makes up its own relative truth. Too often our God is our gut. We are let more by our feelings than our faith. Listen, make sure that anything you pursue is God approved. How do you do that? You open up the word of God. Because, you can’t know the clear will of God without knowing the word of God. God’s word should guide and filter every decision you make. Otherwise you are building your life, your marriage, your family, or your future on shaky ground. God’s word reveals we need clear goals, worthwhile eternal driven goals, prioritized goals, and goals that are grounded in God’s truth. To hear Sundays entire sermon go to http://www.RefugeChurch.org.
(Philippians 3:12)(NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
(Proverbs 19:21) “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.”
Throughout January 2019 I will be preaching a series called “Goals” at Refuge Church. If you don’t have a church home I would love to invite you to mine. We have services 9:15 & 11am. I promise you will feel right at home and glad you came. We’re located at 203 Eddie Chasteen Dr, Walterboro, SC.