“A man’s heart deviseth (plans) his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
We make plans. We even make plans to make plans. We set these plans in motion as goals that we want to accomplish in our life. We read in the Gospels that we are not to worry about what tomorrow will bring.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31
We learn to set goals at an early age when family members ask us as children, “What do you want to be when you grow up”? We have goals to graduate, goals for our personal life, goals for our careers. We are told to fear not, if God takes care of the birds, He will take care of us.
Does the verses above tell us that creating goals are bad, or are we parroting behavior we see in our heavenly Father’s actions.
God knows we are wired to plan, plot, prepare. Science now tells us our brains cannot tell the difference between when we do something or just think about doing something. Thinking about goal setting and my Christian walk this week really got me wondering. Normally I think many of us create the same kinds of goals that mimic our prayers, that are self centered and external in nature.
What is our purpose on this planet, if it truly is to be more like Christ, will the goals we set get us there? Are we so focused on achieving external goals like career goals, family goals, personal goals that we forget to create internal goals like deeper prayer life, generosity, more consistent Bible study.
As I think about the goals I have set in my life, I have determined that I want to see what my walk will look like if I focused on internal goals. Goals that over time will hopefully make me a more complete person and change my heart. Over time I hope to become more in tune with my Savior.