Goal Setting God’s Way -Part 1

I am delighted to share a topic that I’m SO passionate about - “Goal Setting God’s Way.” This will be a series of posts over the next few weeks. I invite you to stay with me through the end.

I first started goal setting when I was seven years old {even though at the time I didn’t know that that’s what I was doing}. I was getting into trouble at school for talking too much. As an incentive to change my behavior, my mother said that she would buy me a Care Bears figurine at the end of every week I didn’t have a bad note sent home from my teacher. This excited me. I then counted how many Care Bear figurines were in the collection and then figured how many weeks I needed to be quiet and set the goal to get the full collection.

By the time I completed my goal I had become used to being quieter in school and eventually stopped getting in trouble for talking. From that point on, I continued setting goals to achieve many other things.

However, the older I got I would learn other strategies to goal setting that were not sitting well with me. One of which is the law of attraction. I started hearing more and more goal setting experts talking about what they believed to be one way of achieving your goals which is to set your intention, focus on it so you can attract it and then “the universe” will send it to you.

I thought to myself "what does the universe have to do with anything?" As a Christian, I believe that God created the universe and all good things come from God. That’s when I started to look into what God had to say in His word about goal setting vs. the world’s way of goal setting. He showed me through His word that there are certain steps that the world neglects to take when setting goals, because it is self-centered instead of God focused. Here is the first step.

Step 1: Seek God First
The first step I believe we need to take is to seek God first above all.

Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”.

This means that we must first seek His face in all things before seeking our own way.

When we were children, we had to first seek our parent’s approval for things we wanted to do. The final decision was based on their wisdom on whether or not it was good for us. The same goes for our Heavenly Father. He has a divine purpose for us and has good plans for us with our best interest in mind.

As followers of Christ we must do just that, follow Christ and leave behind our agendas and seek Him above all things. We must then surrender our lives fully to Him in order for Him to work in us without us getting in His way.

So I want you to think of a time where you didn’t seek God for guidance and then of a time when you did. How did things turn out for you in each of the scenarios?

Join me next week for Part 2Trusting God & Approaching Boldly