(Please forgive me for writing this then becoming proof of it instead of the other way around.)
What wisdom do we need to apply so we reach our goals. Most of us have heard of the acrostic, SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Many times we’ve had goals that met that criteria yet went unfulfilled.
What are the means of grace that bring a greater likelihood of breakthrough and success? May I suggest we get a PUSH from the Scripture to help us with our goal setting and our goal reaching. This second acrostic I hope will help us as much as the first.
The “P” stands for priority or prioritized. Our goal, to be reached, can’t be a part of a large list of things we would like to be doing. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6: 33) Note, it doesn’t equate seeking all the associative attributes of the kingdom with the one right thing we are called to seek. Prioritize your one right thing to do, your one right habit to form, your one right goal to pursue and add anything else later.
The “U” stands for unction. The Holy Spirit is making contact with our spirit in a way that gives us the power to pay attention again and again to our goal. Receiving the unction of God’s Spirit for our goals is a necessary act of consecration, where we are consecrated for the faithful fulfillment of our goals and “furnished with the necessary powers for its administration“.
The “S” stands for steps. How we pursue our goals matter. The methods we choose to use should suit how we are already bent. We customize our pursuit because this is the way God works with us. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37: 23 – 24 KJV)
If the methods we choose to pursue our goals are out of the ordinary for us, then reaching our goals will likely be out of the ordinary for us, too.
One method I used when I reached my goal to lose weight was walking during commercials. The average one hour program has over twenty minutes of commercial time so if I jumped up and walked during each block of commercials I could add 2,000 steps to my routine without really ‘changing’ what I was doing or missing any of the program I wanted to watch.
The “H” stands for hope. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, “we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5: 2) We have faith that we will have the grace to reach our goals and our movements will match the Lord’s. We rejoice in this hope. This hope kick starts our efforts and later it will confidently seize the prize.
Have you got the PUSH to reach your goals? Are your goals prioritized? Do you have confirmation from the Holy Spirit that the goal you are pursuing is the right goal for right now? Have you adapted your methods for reaching the goal to reflect who you are? Is hope stirred up in you to move you forward?
Tomorrow, we will walk through the cycle hope follows in reaching for our goals. Follow our blog and make sure you learn that important lesson. I’m praying for you to move forward in power and joy today!