The Benefit of Goals
This is the time of year that many people make resolutions and then quickly break them. This year let me suggest an alternative. Why not set some goals in your life that will encourage you to become a better person in 2013? Do not set just any goals, but think about them and meditate upon the areas of your life that need improving. I would suggest especially paying close attention to your spiritual life. Often our spiritual life is the first thing we neglect when life gets busy. This year make serving God your number one priority, and strive to find goals that help you achieve this. Here are three reasons why we should all set goals for ourselves.
Goals help us make wise use of our time and energy. You have probably heard the old saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” This saying is not found in Scripture, but it is a true saying. We are more likely to do things we shouldn’t if we have nothing to do, or we may end up just wasting our time by watching TV, surfing the internet, or checking e-mails. God has made us stewards of our time and he expects us to use it wisely. Goals give us something to do when we might otherwise be wasting our time.
Goals give us something to strive for. In Philippians 3:14 Paul writes, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” It is always important to have something in front of us that we are striving for. Our life needs direction and godly goals help provide this. If someone were to ask you, “Where is your life heading?” You should be able to tell them. We were not called just to sit around and wait it out. We have a purpose. We have a goal and we should all be moving forward.
Goals help us to measure our growth. Once we become a Christian God expects us to grow and mature. He expects us to become a better person and grow spiritually. Goals help us measure this growth, and they help us improve areas of our life that we may need to work on. Do you need to become a better student of God’s word? Do you need to work on how you respond and treat others? Do you need to improve upon your giving? Find the area of your life that is weakest and make a goal to grow in 2013.