We know that when the new year is approaching, or has just begun, it is time to set goals for the coming year. This is especially true for those of us serving the Lord in ministry. But many times, for whatever reason, we fall back into neutral, repeat the same goals and objectives that we have every year, or we make a list of goals that really require no faith at all, no supernatural intervention from God.
Our goals for a new year do not simply need to be a to-do list. Yes, they need to be S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, timely). But our goals need to be the result of seeking God’s face, listening to His Word, and radically committing to take steps of obedience that only God could make possible. This is truly the only way to live and lead by faith, which happens to be the only way of living and leading that pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). So with the new year just under way, let me challenge you to evaluate the goals you have set for your ministry, your family, and your personal life. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I spent time genuinely seeking God’s face in prayer about the coming year?
- Can I accomplish these goals in the flesh (whether God intervenes or not)?
- Are these goals bigger than my talents, gifts, abilities, and personality?
When you commit to these goals, let me challenge you to share them. Sharing them holds us accountable, and invites others into the exciting journey of living by faith.
What goals of faith have you set for this year?