There are many Christians who have failed to reach their potential in Christ simply because they did not take the time to set proper goals.

God has given us examples of men and women who had to set their God-given goals and fulfilled God’s highest purpose in their lives. One of those prophets was Habakkuk. The Lord clearly instructed him to “WRITE THE VISION, AND MAKE IT PLAIN UPON TABLES, THAT HE MAY RUN THAT READETH IT.” (Habakkuk 2:2)

The key to successful goal setting is realizing not only your personal goals, but also tapping into the goals or steps that God has ordered for your life! This is one area of lack in the church today. We readily attend success seminars, goal-setting classes and listen to motivational tapes, yet we find it difficult to take the time to pray and wait for God’s divine direction in our lives. It is that direction which will not only bring success, but also Godly contentment and fulfillment of our destiny.

Writing out your goals is one of the most important elements to success. When we write our goals we subconsciously move towards their fulfillment. We should not only have a daily to-do list but also written goals for the next year, a five-year plan, 10-year plan, and ultimately, a life­ long plan. Written goals allow you the opportunity to plan, organize and control the direction of your time and financial future. Your goals should have specific and measurable objectives.

Goals are not resolutions, but rather guidelines that point you in the direction you want to go. Each family needs to have written goals reflecting its values and desires.

Goals need to have specific starting and completion dates. This includes developing both short- and long-term goals.

Goals should reflect your values and attitudes. They must reflect the God-given purpose and destiny of your life. Goals that are birthed by the Spirit of God inherently reflect the purpose and destiny of God. Your goals will become a benchmark of your success in God’ Kingdom.

• What would you like to be doing five years from now if you knew that money was no object and you could not fail?

• Do your goals bring glory to God? Do they satisfy the test of Biblical integrity and Scripture? Are they a service to mankind?

• Are your spouse and family in agreement with them? Have you discussed them with your spiritual leaders?

These are the questions everyone should consider when setting major goals. If we are willing to follow these guidelines we enable God to bring us to the point of fulfilling His will and destiny in our lives.

The Rev. Kerry Price Sr. is the pastor at Breath of Life Church at Pine Bluff.

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