Read Proverbs 21:5
Goals and time management are an essential part of my daily routine. Attending university, serving as student body president, and managing my responsibilities in ministry often create a perfect storm of chaos! So, most mornings I begin my day at about 6:30AM in the word, praying, and then setting my priorities for the day.
Unfortunately, the discipline required for the intentionality in my scheduling has not always been a part of my daily routine. In fact, in the ignorance of high school I used to actually believe goal setting was for the weak. That, for some reason or other, those who took the time to set priorities for themselves were incapable of leading in a high capacity. Soon I would realize just how wrong that notion was. In order to lead in a high capacity, the opposite of my thought process was true- it is imperative to not only set priorities, but to also benchmark those priorities with dates of expected completion and measures of accountability.
This concept is actually purely biblical, as we learned in today’s Proverb. Note the author’s word choice in our reading. He equates the responsibility of goal setting with diligence. Diligence is the idea of intentionality. It’s the concept that I am consciously setting aside time to plan and prepare. When was the last time you sat down to set goals? Maybe you are reading this now and saying, “Well, Taylor, keep reading on, the author says with great diligence comes profit. And to be honest, I am quite profitable.” My response? Sure. You might see profits in your world despite lacking true diligence, but these are only the profits you have realized. Imagine the potential of these blessings, if you truly had goals and priorities.
Goal setting is an important part of anyone’s life. Certainly priorities are necessary for your work, organizations you lead, and projects, but goals also have personal and spiritual applications as well. I wonder what your goals are for your walk with Christ this year? How do you want to grow in your faith? Where do you hope to see God move your family this year?
One of the best resources I have learned at the university about goals is setting SMART goals. More information on SMART goals can be found at the link below:
I challenge you today to set aside some time to decide on priorities for the year in your work, for your family, and, above all, for how you plan to have a closer walk with Jesus Christ in the year ahead.
There is always a next step.