The first half of the year is done, I thought it was a good idea to look back at my goals for the year to see where I’m succeeding and where I need to focus on more.
Checking your progress is a good thing as it will keep you on track. I, for one, have seen that I am falling way behind in my health goals for the year. 🤣 But, I am progressing quite well in my Bible reading, ministry and homeschool goals.
As a person who loves to tick boxes beside completed tasks, I must say I am quite pleased with my overall progress. But God reminded me of something these past weeks:
¹³ Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
¹⁴ I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
What was the point of completing tasks? What was the purpose of finishing goals?
It’s tempting to take a hold of these things, no matter how spiritual they are, and raise it up high and say, “I’ve done it! Now onto the next task!”
Pride, as subtle as it has always been, can easily creep into our victories, taking our eyes of the real prize—the Lord Jesus Christ.
The whole point of having goals is to:
1. Give God the glory in everything we do. (1Cor.10:31)
2. Grow in our knowledge of who Jesus Christ is. (2Peter 3:18)
Everything we do and everything we want to achieve should revolve around these two main goals. At the end of the day, success is measured by how much we’ve grown in the Lord and not just by how many tasks we’ve completed.
If you have finished the Bible at the end of the year but you’ve not grown in loving others then you have not really succeeded in your goal.
¹³ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
¹⁴ For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
It’s a good reminder for all of us to be intentional in creating goals that will matter in light of eternity but be cautious on focusing too much on completing the goal rather than learning from it.