I love the beginning of a new year. It is full of new beginnings. It’s a fresh start! No matter what last year was like, it’s over.
I closed the blog last year with a post encouraging you to set some spiritual goals. Setting these goals is not really about you. It is about growing your relationship with God for your use in His Kingdom. Do you want to grow in your walk with God this year? It won’t happen by accident. God wants us to want to know Him more. He wants us to want Him… for who He is not what He can give us.
Again I ask, do you want to grow in your relationship with God this year? I want you to pray about setting some spiritual goals. These goals are just a tool God can use to help you know Him more. Ask God what he would have you do. Then, write them down and look at them regularly to measure how you’re doing.
Here’s three guidelines to help you set some goals:
- Are your goals specific and can you measure them? – Is your goal specific and measurable? If it’s not, it’s not really a goal. Let’s say you set a goal that you wanted to read your Bible more. Is that specific and measurable? Not really. You might want to set a goal that you want to read your Bible every day. Or you might want to read your Bible through in a year. Those are specific and measurable. You can look throughout the year and see how you’re doing.
- Are your goals realistic (not too easy or too hard)? If your goal is to read your Bible twice during the year that might be too easy and not lead you to the growth in your relationship with God that your desire. If you set a goal to pray 8 hours a day and you have a wife and family, you’re probably not going to be able to reach that goal. Make sure your goal is attainable.
- Is the purpose of your goals to glorify God or for your edification? Again, these goals are not for us. They are to grow our relationship with God for His glory.
God wants 2016 to be your best year ever as you grow to know Him deeper. I would love to hear about your goals in the comments.