Setting goals is the primary topic of conversation everywhere we turn. This time of year it’s likely that you’ve either already set goals or are considering which goals you should set. The Bible is clear that we should look ahead, make plans, work hard, and then trust His control over our lives in our goal-setting.
And although goals for earthly success are certainly reasonable and acceptable, there’s more to goal-setting than simply pursuing more business, more financial success, and more stuff.
All we have to do is look at Paul for goal-setting guidelines. He was a goal-setter who knew the priorities of life. Two thousand years ago, he clearly wrote what he was aiming for, then worked hard to reach it. It was a perfect, worthy example of what should be our goal today.
I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:1-3 (NIV)
Today, as we begin this new year together, I pray we will be encouraged in heart and united in love.