3 Mindsets to Ground Our Goals in the Gospel
If you’ve read any of my previous posts (Annual Goal Planning, 5 Keys to Writing Annual Goals, Write Your S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Goals, Setting Life Changing Goals) you’ll probably see that I really love planning, setting, and achieving goals. Doing those things are wonderful and every year when completed I have a sense of satisfaction.
However, if I’m not careful an acceptable feeling of satisfaction very quickly morphs into pride. When brainstorming, writing, and achieving goals it is important to keep the gospel at the center of our goals.
1.) “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” – (James 4.15)
You can set your goals. You can make them the S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. goals you’ve ever had. You can create a plan with sub-goals that move you forward and you can carefully and diligently work at them. But, when all is said and done, the outcome is ALL in the Lord’s hands… it is not in your hands.
2.) “All things were created through him and for him.” – (Colossians 1.16b)
Everything in heaven and earth and under the earth was made through Jesus. Everything. It exists by Him and FOR Him AND that includes me. That means that my purposes must line up with His purposes. If my goals don’t line up with His goals then He has the right to change them. I don’t exist for me. I exist for Him.
3.) “I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” – (1 Corinthians 15.10)
I am proud of my work ethic. I work really, really hard. My wife calls me persistent. Typically, I don’t give up until something has been finished. This moves me to think that it’s me. This verse says that it isn’t true. I work by God’s grace. God’s grace in me. God’s grace through me. Goals aren’t achieved through my hard work, they are achieved through God’s grace.
These mindsets help me while I’m thinking about my goals and especially as I complete them. I don’t want to fall into the trap of believing that I’m the cause of my own success. That’s why I chose the picture that leads this post. It reminds me of something very important: I am unbelievably small and yet unfathomably loved by someone utterly beyond me.