On Friday, I set one goal. And Sunday, I blew it.
Has that ever happened to you? You set a goal for yourself, work hard at accomplishing that goal, come up with a plan to help you do so, and forge through the difficult moments. And then, after just a few days: KABOOM.
Maybe your goal is eating clean or exercising daily. Maybe it’s quitting a bad habit or starting a new good one. Maybe it’s a house-cleaning goal or a money-saving goal.
Let me share my goal with you and maybe you’ll relate. On Friday morning, I woke up and knew I had caught my husband’s cold. I was very congested and didn’t really feel well. But for some reason, I was wide awake. I decided that instead of trying to go back to sleep, I would read the Bible on my phone so that I wouldn’t forget to do it later during the day. Some of the verses I read were in Philippians 2, when Paul is commanding the church:
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not ever man on his own thins, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…
Basically Paul was saying, don’t be selfish! Put others before yourself like Jesus did when He died for you on the cross.
Then and there I made that my goal—that especially while I was sick and it would be easy to focus on myself—I would put my husband first.
Please don’t think that because I set that goal for myself, I’m some super spiritual wife. HA! I have such a selfish nature. But I knew this was one area that God wanted me to really focus on.
Friday went okay, and Saturday. But then again, I didn’t see much of him those two days since we were taking our youth group guys and girls on separate all-day activities. After another long, LONG day on Sunday of having a completely stuffed nose, no rest during the afternoon, and getting home unexpectedly late that night, I. Was. Done. Ever been there? I gave in and loudly complained to my husband about how miserable I felt.
Immediately he gave me some Tylenol and a hug and sent me upstairs to bed. He came up a few minutes later with warmed up Mexican take-out. How sweet, right?! Just exactly what this momma-to-be wanted. 😉 His unselfish and patient response of Christ-like love-in-action reminded me of my goal. It was so silly of me to focus on being unselfish just because I was sick, instead of all the time! And I sure lost sight of my goal quickly because of a plugged up nose. *face palm*
This story is just a small, real glimpse into my everyday life as a youth pastor’s wife. I know that your situations in life are likely MUCH more serious than this. 😉
But we all have at least one goal, whether it is spiritual, physical, educational, or family or work-related.
How do we reach our goal the Bible way? What does God have to say about it? I’m so glad you asked. 😉
While reading Galatians 1 this morning, I learned three principles about God that we can apply to our goal-setting and crushing.
God is the Peace-Giver.
Paul began his letter to the church with the words, “Grace be to you and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ…” Galatians 1:3. After we have accepted God’s grace and believed on the name of Jesus as our only hope of salvation, we can experience His PEACE. He died in our place to deliver us from “this present evil world” (verse 4).
We don’t have to be in turmoil over the state of our lives. He has given us all we need to live righteously and godly, and He has given us His Word for the wisdom we need to make right choices.
Do your goals reflect His peace in your life? What are you working toward? Does it align with Scripture? Is it taking over your life? Are you scrambling and stressing? No need, sweet sister. “LET the peace of God rule in your heart” God says in Colossians 3:15. Let what Jesus has done for you rescue you, not only from your sin, but from your stress, too! Rest in his peace through daily prayer and meditation on His Word.
God is the Purpose-Giver.
Paul said in Galatians 1:15-16 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me that I might preach him among the heathen…” To understand this verse better, I looked at my cross-reference section which pointed me to II Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
What a beautiful verse. God has given us a purpose on earth—to become like Christ and point others to Him! So how does your goal line up with that eternal purpose? One of my pastors during my growing up years, Pastor Dan Sweatt, always said, “Never sacrifice the eternal on the altar of the temporal.”Never sacrifice the eternal on the altar of the temporal. Dan Sweatt Click To Tweet
If we aren’t careful, we can easily be living for the wrong purpose. Make sure that your goal has eternal significance and is helping to make you more like Jesus and draw others to Him.
God is the Power-Giver.
In Galatians 1:13-14, Paul gives his testimony. Before He met and believed on Jesus, Paul persecuted the church mercilessly. He hauled men and women off to jail because they were Christians, and even participated in the cruel stoning of a Christian named Stephen (Acts 7:58).
And yet, God used Paul to write the majority of our New Testament! He is known as the greatest missionary of all time. God used Him mightily to spread the Gospel to the Gentile nations. What a powerful God we serve.
No matter what obstacle you face in your future or what haunts you from your past, God can do MORE than just get you through it. Through Christ, we are MORE than conquerors (Romans 8:37)! What is that tough goal you are trying to accomplish? God is capable and caring. He will give you exactly what you need, when you need it. Does your goal seem impossible? Nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:27).
Our great God promises you peace, purpose, and power. Go crush that goal, sweet sister!
And tell me about it! I’d love to praise God with you!