This month, I really wanted Th!nk to focus on why goal setting is helpful and why it is harmful since it is the beginning of a new year. Below I have listed some verses that talk about goal setting so that you can use them for S.O.A.P. Please email us if you would like us to remind you how to do S.O.A.P.
2 Corinthians 5:9 Colossians 2:2 Matthew 6:25-34 Psalm 20:4 Psalm 33:11 Proverbs 13:16 Proverbs 16:3 Jeremiah 17:7 Romans 12:2
There are a lot of great and helpful verses listed above. I would definitely read all of them and see which one you like the best or will help you the best. Below, I will tell you why we chose goal setting as our character trait and talk to you about it.
We really wanted to talk to you guys about goal setting since it is the beginning of the year. We thought it would be helpful to tell you how it can benefit you and how it can go against you. You may not understand this at first, but once you understand it, it can really help you.
Every year, I make a list of new year resolutions. I will soon be making mine but I will have better (and hopefully less) resolutions. So as (if) you make your “list” of things you would like to do(or overcome) in 2014, please keep in mind what is said below.
I think goal setting is a great thing because you can encourage yourself to be healthier, grow relationships, break bad habits, etc. When you plan ahead/ set goals it helps you to work hard and keep pushing to finish your goal(s). When you set goals, it helps you realize what talents God has gifted you with and the ones he hasn’t. So when you make your list, you can be thankful for the talents he has provided you with.
The harmful thing about goal setting is that you can be so focused on completing your goals that you forget God. You can forget to do your devotions or even forget to pray. Sometimes, we get really busy and don’t have time to do any of our goals. This means that you spent the time making this list that wasn’t used. Instead of making the list, you could have been doing a devotional or reading the Bible. God may also change your heart and your thoughts. I know He did that to me. He made me realize that what should be on my list is things that matter to God. Looking at the “list” of resolutions I made for 2013, I have barely completed anything and I understand that I wasted so much time making that list. I put silly things that don’t matter in heaven. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
My main point is that if you are serious about setting goals, then do so. But don’t forget you daily thing s that grow your relationship with God. Remember what matters in heaven and to God.