#GOALS. This word is all over social media, and it simply describes what a person would ultimately want; a perceived life one thinks is unattainable. How many goals do you have? Are the things you are reaching for worth having? Where will your goals take you?
Personally, these are some of my 2016 goals for the year:
- To do everything with passion, purpose, perspective, and peace.
- It is my desire to be more generous, inclusive, and grace filled, enjoying the fulfillment of my purpose as I love others just as I am loved by God.
These goals have been refined and are significant to me right now, but I can definitely say that these “major keys” did not start off that way. Sometimes, I believe that we are better at getting to our goals than picking the right ones in the first place.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back”. (Phillipians 3:12-14 MSG)
I love theses verse as Paul is writing to the church in Philippi. Paul reminds us how he doesn’t have everything figured out and that he is still working on himself. Yet, He steadfastly hold on to the One who does which is Jesus. Our God is a God of Goals. Reaching a goal is only as significant as how good the goal is. You can make excellent time in the wrong direction. However, faint not! If you have the heart of God, you share the goals of God.
Limitations, Intimidations, and Expectations are lies that stop us from reaching the goal. In Acts Chapter 4, Peter and John were sent to trial in front of the rulers and religious leaders of the day to question in how they had healed the lame man in front of the temple gates. Peter and John were ordinary and that is what was astonishing. Their limitation wasn’t the lid to what God could do through them, it was the leverage God showed His strength. If the lame man would have had what he thought he needed, he would have never seen what He didn’t know he had. Your limitation is not the lid, it is the launching pad.
Sometimes you can get to your goal and not realize it because, you are reaching for the wrong things. Reset your goals to become goals that are worth getting to.
“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness”. (Phillipians 3:8-9 MSG)
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beautifully put Dani – thank you for your words.