“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.”
it’s early into the calendar/fiscal year and the expectation is that we have already written down our annual goals and resolutions and are working towards them with all that we can muster. Bad news. Only less than 20% of people actually set goals that they write down. Good news. Nearly 80% of the people who write down their goals achieve them. So, there is no reason whatsoever to not have written goals to direct our time, energy and resources. If we don’t know what we want to achieve, we achieve nothing. I’d hope that we have a boss who is asking us for our goals and objectives to keep the organization on track, but that’s no guarantee so we just need to do it ourselves, now, and stick with them day by day, week by week, month by month, until the year is through. To not do so is to waste what we could be accomplishing. Let’s reset this today.
I have found that I (and many with whom I speak and know) get bogged down with the goals that we should set for ourselves in our personal and spiritual lives because we get overwhelmed with so much that God tells us is important and where we should focus to become closer to Him and to practice our faith in our deeds. When in doubt, when can always fall back on the great commandments; Love God and Love Others. That always works, but we may be looking to be more intentional. I was struck by a simple verse in Isaiah that caused me to pause and reevaluate my own goals. A good reset for all of us could start with, “Learn to do good”. We could build a year’s worth of goals around what, through God, could we learn, so that we could do good for others because of Him? That’s a reset I am pursuing!
Reference: Isaiah 1:17 (New Living Translation)