Each year my family gathers around the living room to bring out our goal book. The goal book has been around for almost twenty years. It’s a book filled with each year’s goals from the time Bryan and I married.
Looking over some makes me laugh now. Our goals were immature, carnal, worldly. Losing weight, increasing our income, and making healthier decisions were usually in the top ten.
I noticed around year five that something began to change. Our goals became less self-serving. Being better parents, creating a budget, and giving more, became high priorities. It seems with each passing year, goals become more focused on spiritual aspects of life… being a better Christian, living to bless others.
College, jobs, careers, and majors came up, and then the big one.
It is a sign of maturity that our children really want to know that. It’s one that makes my heart both proud and humbled all at the same time. To see just in a short generation a shift from selfish living, to wanting to live God’s way. What a gift!
That most of the time God doesn’t give you a line by line agenda for your future. Knowing God’s will is more about knowing God rather than following a set of directions. It’s the quality time you spend worshipping him each day in prayer, reading the Bible, just acknowledging him in your daily walk, that leads you to each new step.
You find yourself looking back in amazement and wonder at where you’ve come from. Although you didn’t notice during the journey, God opened and closed doors, he wove a pathway that you gingerly skipped down and at times crawled and clawed along.
Setting goals can get you facing the right direction for your life, but only a relationship with God will bring you into fulfillment of your destiny.