Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to a group of women about setting goals.
I picked this topic because I had been pondering about what I want to achieve in life, what my priorities are and what my dreams are.
I find that when I set goals, I achieve more.
I think about them, I pray about them and the Lord blesses me with help and revelation so that I can achieve them.
I talked to them about goals or dreams they had when they were younger.
Some women grow up attending church and I asked them to look back and think about what their dream or goal was during that time.
For those like myself, who did not have that opportunity and later started attending church I asked them to think about when they first became members of a church. What was their dream or goal?
I then asked them to reflect back on those dreams and goals and to make a little assessment - to take some time to look at how they had done and to ask themselves the following questions:
Have you achieved those goals?
Did you loose your way for a time?
Have your goals changed?
Has the busyness of life gotten in your way and have you lost focus on the things that matter most?
Part of life is that it changes.
We have different times and seasons and sometimes we forget to set new goals.
I then challenged them to set a new spiritual goal or dream.
To do this I handed out to a card.
I made up cards with the following picture on it.
I picked this picture because I love this picture Saviour.
Our focus needs to be on Him.
He is the example we should follow.
On the back of the card, I asked them to want write 3 things.
1. What is your current spiritual goal or dream?
(I reminded them not to feel pressured to write this down right away, sometimes we need some real pondering time to write our goals).
Set clear, specific goals.
So that you can pray about them and the Lord can know how to bless you to achieve them.
2. What will stop you from achieving this goal?
It is important to look at what will prevent you from getting to where you want to be.
3. What can you do to overcome this challenge?
Setting spiritual goals, just like any goal setting, requires planning and preparation.
With the challenge that is facing you ask yourself:
Is this something that I need help to overcome?
Do I need to involve my family to support me with my challenge?
Is it a matter of prayer?
Do not let let anything stand in the way of you achieving you goals or dreams.
If you need some assistance...ask for it!
Most people would be happy to help.
When we stop ourselves from setting spiritual goals we stop ourselves from coming to Christ.
I love setting spiritual goals and the joy that comes when I have achieved them.
I know that I have not achieved them alone and I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends and a loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.