I enjoy reading all the stuff out there on the importance of goal setting and strategic planning. This is because these are things I know I need to do and yet find very challenging. Great leaders are inspiring us to become great leaders through intentional actions towards set goals. Success is when we achieve our goals for our lives and when that is done, we set higher goals.
To be honest, sometimes it’s a big enough goal to just get out of bed in the morning.
I love watching the self-motivated systematically plug away at their goals and tick off their checklists with great joy as they achieve all that they set out to for the day. I wish I could be more like that.
I recently heard a speaker at a conference ask, “Who remembers the last holiday they planned?”, a few raised hands scattered the auditorium. She continues, “Who is a cling on? Who likes to follow the planner?”, yes, I am definitely the latter.
It’s not that I don’t know how to set goals or make plans, I just feel like I’m not going to achieve them, mostly because I seem to recall my past failures a lot more easily than I do my past victories. I often find myself frozen in a sea of not so helpful thoughts “I want to but don’t believe I can, so best not to”, “What’s the use?” and “I need someone better to do this for me”. I have learned that passion needs courage to become something. I need courage to believe and trust in who God is making me to be.
A couple of weekends ago I had the privilege of speaking at a National Youth Leaders Conference. I met many youth leaders bearing the weighty responsibility of leading the next generation into a faith in a God that seems to elude them at the best of times.
My workshop was called “The Art of Hearing God”. They struggled to write notes as I shared stories of the adventures I embarked on when I stepped out in faith, trusting what the Lord was putting in my heart to do. There was a clear struggle between their head and their heart as they were challenged to trust God, trust that He speaks to them and trust that they hear Him.
In preparation for my keynote slot in the evening, it became clear to me that my job was to help their faith drop from the knowledge in their head to a knowing, a believing, in their heart. I could see their desire to believe in a tangible, personal God. That night the Holy Spirit swept through the auditorium as these wonderful leaders stood up from their seats, in an act of faith, to allow God to do something new in them so they could become new creations and do something new in their lives and in their ministries.
When I am ministering in the Holy Spirit, the end goal is clear. God wants His people to hear His redeeming LOVE for them, so they can become a voice of the same.
Youth leaders, your end goal is not to entertain young people or keep them in church.
Pastors, your end goal is not to grow your church.
Christians, your end goal is not to be prosperous, keep the 10 commandments or make it to heaven.
Singles, your end goal is not to find a life partner
Married couples, your end goal is not to stay married
Jesus tells us what our end goal is in this scripture:
The Greatest Commandment
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
1. Love God wholeheartedly
2. Love your neighbour with the same measure as you love yourself
3. Love yourself
From this place of confidence and trust in God, we will naturally walk into the supernatural demonstration of God’s love outlined in the scripture below:
12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. - John 14: 12-14
Our final goal is to BE LOVED so we can LIVE OUT LOVE and in doing so…destroy the enemy’s goal below:
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. - John 10:10
I am still learning to:
· Stop listening to the voice in my head that is telling me I can’t do it
· Listen instead to the voice of the Holy Spirit in my heart, encouraging me to LOVE and TRUST God, myself and others
· Let that healing work of Christ naturally lead me into the manifestations of His LOVE.
This is my end goal. What’s yours?