Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10 for 10 Challenge, Pt. 3

Everyone Ends Up Somewhere, Few People End Up Somewhere On Purpose!   Thanks for continuing to take part in the 10 for 10 challenge.  If you’ll keep giving me 10 minutes a week for the next few weeks, I will help you plan the next 10 years of your life!
During week 1, I asked you to begin to write your future dreams for the 5 most important areas of your life:  1.  Spiritual Life.  2.  Relational Life.  3. Physical Life.  4. Work Life.  5. Financial Life. 
During week 2, I challenged you to think through the following 3 questions: 1.  What Are Your Values?  2.  What Are You Good At?  3.  What Are Your Life Experiences?  The answers to these 3 questions will help you prioritize & plan for your future.   If you haven't yet done that, why not go back right now & get started!

Before you can ever accomplish anything meaningful in life, you have to see what God sees so you can see what God can do in your life.  The sooner you look at your life with faith, the sooner you can step into your destiny.  Setting goals is a part of spiritual discipline. It's not just a good idea; the Bible says you need to set goals in order to grow in your faith. Goals stretch you and help you become all God wants you to be.  If you set tiny goals, God will work in tiny ways.  But if you set big audacious goals, God will working in big ways! Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” (NLT)
In 1 Chronicles 28:19, when King David was seeking God’s will for the temple, he says, “All this I have in writing from the hand of the Lord upon me, and He gave me understanding in all the details of the plan."  God desires to give you understanding as you consider & plan for your future.  
 The Apostle Paul said, "I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air." (1 Corinthians 9:26 NCV)  Setting goals is Biblical, spiritual & practical!  This week I want to encourage you to begin writing some of your short & long-term goals for the next 10 years.  Ask yourself, "What's the big things that I'm believing for & what's 1 thing that I can do about it TODAY?" 
When writing out your goals, Rick Warren suggest making F.A.I.T.H goals: Focused (specific), Attainable (realistic), Individual (4you), Trackable (measurable), Heart-felt (motivating) 
Remember this when you consider your goals this week, “... those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.  All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”  Proverbs 14:22b-23  Set your faith goals one small step at a time!  In one of my favorite movies, What About Bob?, there is a key phrase that Bob's phsychiatrist tells him over & over again: "Bob, take baby steps."  Keep taking "baby steps" today into the destiny that God has for your life!  Take 5 minutes of focused thinking & begin to write your short & long-term goals today!