Over the past two weeks, I have been posting about “Goal Setting God’s Way” ... today I bring you part 3 of the series "Self-Assessment" & "God's Assessment."
Step 4: Self-Assessment
Once the foundation is set, we can move on to taking a closer look at our lives to get an idea of what areas we really should be setting goals in. We are whole beings comprised of several areas, and sometimes we start to feel out of balance because one of the areas of our life is off.
For example, let’s think about an old fashion wheel. The wheel has several spokes on it, and if a spoke is bent, broken or even missing, that wheel will not be able to progress forward efficiently. Therefore, we should take the time to address those areas that might be slowing down our progress.
Take a good look at your spiritual life:
- Are your values and beliefs aligned with what God’s Word says is true?
- Emotionally, are you thinking positively?
- Are you living within your means financially?
- Are you putting yourself in an environment that is enhancing well-being or creating more stress for yourself?
- Are you surrounding yourself with people who support you and lift you up?
- Are you taking care of yourself physically?
- Are you adding value to your employer or clients?
- Are you accepting challenges to continue learning new things?
Take your time as you consider these questions to assess yourself. This exercise will help you learn what area you may be lacking in so you can focus on growing in that area.
Step 5: God’s Assessment
Once you have done this preliminary self-assessment of the areas of your life that may need your attention, take them to God in prayer and invite the Holy Spirit to confirm for you where He may want to mold you.
Maybe he wants you to surrender a particular area of your life. Perhaps He wants to prepare you to serve Him from a specific area of your life.
Whatever it might be, invite Him to show you. Tell God the desires of your heart for each area, and He is faithful and will show you if your desires are aligned with His desires for you or if they are not.
Even King David asked God to search his heart. He says in Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”.
This leads to true authenticity with God which ultimately leads to a closer relationship with Him. This also allows you to set goals for the areas you believe God is leading you to.