Setting Goals For 2020

Goals 2020
Make the New Year better by including God in your plans. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Top five list of goals for 2020

This is the top 5 for this year according to Google:

  1. Diet or eat healthier
  2. Exercise more
  3. Lose weight
  4. Save more money
  5. Learn a new skill

This list is actually pretty vague. How do you know when you’ve reached the goal? I’ve become used to having a planner that I write my goals in. Both goals for the new year and monthly as well as weekly goals that will help me eventually reach my year end goals.

If we make this list to make the new year better, shouldn’t God be included in that list? Who better to include in the planning process? I realize not everyone finds including God in their plans important, but the older I get, the more I lean toward Him. There’s not a day that I’ll walk into without thanking him for the day and asking his blessing over it. Did I always start my days this way? No, unfortunately, I was like a lot of Christians who don’t want to bother God with minor things. I only went to him when it was something really big. I now understand that’s not what He wants.

God wants to be included in every one of our plans. Do we want to succeed? Including God in your plans brings Him into your circle. You talk to him through prayer and he talks back to you with an answer. The answer may come through different sources. It might be a scripture verse that catches your attention, something that your pastor says in a sermon, or counsel from other Christians. Sometimes you may actually hear him talk to you internally, but it may be much more subtle than that.

As I was looking through my Bible for this scripture which was a reference in this morning’s sermon, I ran across these notes which I had evidently written when listening to another sermon on this same scripture.

  • Be careful how you live.
  • Make the most of every day.
  • Find and follow the will of God.
  • Become a student of the BIBLE!!!

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” – Eph 5:15-17

Be thoughtful of God. In 1 Cor. 10:31 it says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” And in Gal 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Loving our fellow man is part of the greatest commandment.

Be thankful. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.” – Eph 5:19-20

Instead of complaining about what life has thrown at us. Let us instead praise God for the blessings he’s bestowed upon us. Give thanks in all circumstances. A person who is thankful will live a better life.

I’m so appreciative for Tom Walters filling in for our pastor today. Illness affects all of us this time of year. Praying for speedy recoveries for all who have been affected by any kind of illness.

May you all be blessed with a year where your plan and God’s plan for you lives come into line. That’s when you’ll have a great year!

In Faith,

Pam

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