With every new year there typically come new goals we set in our lives. We want to start or restart something in order to better ourselves. Some of us write our goals out or create a “bucket list” of things we want to do throughout the year.
What types of goals do you set for yourself?
In a study I’m currently going through called Restart, I found myself convicted when hit with one of the questions. As you look at your goals for life, is understanding and living according to God’s Word at the top of the list?
You know what? I can say I absolutely have a desire to understand and live according to God’s Word. I can say I absolutely try to understand and live according to God’s Word . . . most of the time. But I can’t say that I have ever written this out as priority, or as any number, on my list of goals. Maybe that’s why I try to do it most of the time.
I feel like it’s a given, so I don’t give it a second thought when I’m considering upcoming goals. What I realize, though, is those goals I’ve written – in ink – are always in front of me as a reminder of what I’m striving for. I remember that my goal is, say, to complete the online course I started creating last year, so during “free” time, I make sure I’m working on getting code written and tests made for said course.
There have been times in my life where I’ve found myself going days without ever cracking open the Word or talking to God. Why? Because I was too busy working on that goal I set for myself – the one I thought was important enough to write down and even prioritize on my goals list.
I find I’m living less according to God’s Word when more days go by without communicating with him through prayer or reading.
This question reminds me that #1 on my list of goals should always be reflective of what I want my spiritual walk to be. If creating an online course is important enough to write down, why would I ever think my time with God isn’t?