“The plans of the diligent lead to profit” ~ Proverbs 21:5
“She considers a field and buys it” ~ Proverbs 31:16
Today is December 29, 2012. Are your goals for 2013 in place?
What about a Christian and goal setting anyway? Should a Christian set goals? Or is the true believer “led by the Spirit?”
The answer is “yes” to both questions. A Christian should set goals and should be led by the Spirit. Set your goals but always be willing to change or modify your goals based on the Spirit’s leading. If you read the story of Paul’s missionary journeys you quickly see that Paul always had plans on what he was going to do next but often modified or changed has plans based on the Spirit’s leading.
The Proverbs say much about diligence and success in life. Diligence is more then just hard work. Here we have a little glimpse into the character of the diligent. What do the diligent do in addition to hard work that leads to success? Diligent people make plans.
Planning is another way of describing setting goals for the future. The Proverbs 31 woman didn’t just blindly buy the first piece of real estate she came across but “considered” the purchase.
The Hebrew word for “considered” is “zamam.” It implies inspecting, considering from every vantage point, and putting together a plan.
So how about you and 2013? If you haven’t done so you still have time to put together a plan.
Quick now, join the ranks of the diligent, and write down three goals for every important area of your life: spiritual, social, family, relationships, financial, physical health and work.
With these in place you have taken a giant step to a happy and successful New Year!
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