"So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him." 2 Corinthians 5:6-9
"#Goals" has never been more relevant. With the New Year approaching, many of us are sifting our brains for the things we'd like to make into goals for 2018. Many will resolve to lose weight, while others will strive to eat healthier. Some will start their "read through the Bible in a year" plans and some will commit themselves to minimalism. When our eyes meet the sunlight on New Year's Day, we will jump right in to exercising, meal planning, reading Genesis, and purging our closets. All of these things are great goals, but there's a goal found in the heart of the Christian that trumps them all: living a life worthy of the calling of Christ (Ephesians 4:1; Romans 12:1).
I'm learning more and more with each passing year, that as Christians, it's important we be intentional with our days, steward God's many gifts well, and strive to be kingdom focused. These three mindsets are like anchors that keep us rooted in Christ. Living intentionally causes us to have eyes open to the world around us. We see our family and friends headed for Hell which causes us to be intentional with our time with them, doing our best to point them to the Gospel. We, ourselves, should be intentional to seek the Lord fervently through the Word, prayer, and fellowship with other saints. Being intentional with our days means we know that each moment counts, and we can glorify the Lord with all of them. When we steward God's gifts well, we remember that our bodies, finances, families, and talents are all His and not our own. With this awareness, we are enabled to protect, enjoy, and cultivate each of them. It also frees us up to give to others our time, service, love, money, and talents. Finally, remaining focused on the kingdom of God will surely set us on the path to live lives that are worthy of the calling of our Lord.
In all we do, we do it for the glory of God. This year, will you pray with me that God would guide us to the goals that would glorify Him the most? This is how we make it our aim to please Him—not in order to earn something, but out of our love for Him and gratitude for all He's done.
Father, we have so many ideas and goals floating in our minds. Will you help us to see clearly the ones which are most important for Your kingdom and Your glory? Help us to live intentionally, be good stewards, and seek first the kingdom of God. In Jesus' name, Amen.
What are some of your goals for the New Year? Comment below! We'd love to hear them!