SETTING YOUR GOALS

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

The Olympic Games are a masterpiece of athletes seeking to achieve enduring goals. Many accomplish their objectives, but some medal winners have been disqualified following their performances because of their illegal drug use. Their goals were reasonable, but their methods were tragically flawed—only reflecting the rationale that the end justifies the means.

That line of thinking runs against the scriptural grain in every way. God is just as interested in how you achieve a goal as He is in the goal itself.

First, you must establish the primary motivation that God desires you to use in setting your goals. The Westminster Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Whatever your goal may be—financial, physical, spiritual, family—you must ask yourself this question: Is my goal’s supreme purpose to glorify God?

Since that is the purpose for which you were created, it follows that your goals must reflect that basic purpose. Sift your goals through prayer, common sense, and biblical wisdom to see if your objective’s chief purpose is to honor God.

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