We make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9 (NKJV)

Goals are a large part of business and personal agendas. We want to earn a degree in this field; we seek to finish a project by this date; we strive to create a certain amount of savings each year. These are all good tools to exercise faith. God wants us to plan, not wander aimlessly about.

But life is unpredictable. An ill father prevents us from pursuing a degree; an unexpected assignment takes us away from our task; a major repair bill makes savings impossible. What do we do once our goals are capsized by circumstances? Have we failed? Should we cease planning?

Absolutely not. We must remember that our chief objective is clear—to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. God will use our plans and schemes, as topsy-turvy as they may seem, to reproduce Christ’s divine character in us.

Set your goals, but remember your priority—to allow God to use both success and failure to conform you to the image of Christ.

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