I always get excited about new things. New babies. New contracts. New years. The very thought of new elicits the hope of positive change.
At the end of every year I spend time thinking about what God wants for me and from me in the New Year. Itís not too late for you to do that right now if you want to have a path and a plan for 2017. Sure, youíll have surprises along the way, but you can recalculate your path when that happens.
The main thing is to make sure God is the Designer of the dream, the Originator of the outline, the Lord of the list. With just a little bit of planning, you can accomplish the goals God has for your life.
Set a realistic but challenging goal that inspires you. Make the goal big enough to stretch and excite you. Divide bigger goals into smaller steps so you arenít overwhelmed.
Be passionate on your path with your plan! Striving toward a goal without passion is like a fire that slowly runs out of fuel to burn. Get excited; this will only work if you love what youíre doing.
Set Your DREAM Goals:
D: Does it make a DIFFERENCE in your community? (Impact and Significance)
R: Can you REACH it? (Attainable and Realistic)
E: Does it ENERGIZE you? (Passion and Giftedness)
A: Can you ANALYZE it? (Track Results)
M: Does it fit your MISSION? (Purpose and Calling)
Whatís the result of trust? Trust inspires obedience. Obedience delivers gladness.
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you donít listen because you donít belong to God. (John 8:47* NLT)
So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! (Psalm 32:11* NLT)
The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces. (Proverbs 10:8* NLT)
But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in Godís presence. Let them be filled with joy. (Psalm 68:3* NLT)
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek Godís help be encouraged. (Psalm 69:32* NLT)
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. (Romans 12:8* NLT)
Look at it like this: Goal-setting Godís way is simply another version of ďtrust and obey.Ē