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The need for Godgiven goals

'We should make plans - counting on God to direct us.' Proverbs 16:9 TLB

There are several reasons why we fail to set goals for our lives: (1) We haven't been taught why it's important. (2) We don't know how to go about it. (3) We are afraid of failing. If we don't have a goal there's no guilt or embarrassment over not reaching it. (4) We feel put off by previous failures.

Solomon wrote: 'We should make plans - counting on God to direct... us' (Proverbs 16:9 TLB). Jesus said: 'Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it' (Luke 14:28 NIV)? Goal setting takes time, discipline, courage and stickability. Between you and your goal there'll be roadblocks, enemy attacks and temptations designed to throw you off track.

'So, what should I do': (a) Talk to God. Get into agreement with his will for you. (b) Write your goals down. The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. God told the prophet, 'Write the vision, and make it plain...' (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV). Without written goals you have no compass and you can get swept off course. (c) Focus on your top goals. If you attempt everything you'll accomplish nothing. A big success is simply several little successes strung together. (d) Be alert to who God sends into your life to help you. Draw on the wisdom of experienced people; stand on their shoulders. Even your critics can sharpen you.

So what now? God has a plan for your life; seek him and he'll reveal it to you!

Soulfood: 1 Cor 12-14, Mark 15:21-32, Ps 60, Prov 25:21-22

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