How many times have you halfheartedly sought to change something about yourself, your life, your situation? We’ve all been in the place where we long to finish just one more craft project, to make time for a long luxurious bubble bath, to sit back and read the last chapter of Oliver Twist. Why can’t we get there?
What stands in the way of checkity-checking these tasks off our lists? Often, the reason is that we’ve never made the list. Tell me you do know what I’m talking about. Today we’re talking about steps to setting and achieving our spiritual growth goals.
Lofty goals are great to have, but often our daydream aspirations never transform into tangible, concrete achievements. This is especially true for me in the realm of spiritual growth. For the past year and a half I’ve been trying to memorize the Sermon on the Mount. A year and a half, folks.
I’m inspired for approximately three weeks, memorize a section down cold, scribble dry-erase drawings all over the bathroom mirror, and then somehow life takes me by the reigns and I completely forget about it. Of course, Jesus loves me despite the fact that I still stumble through the first few paragraphs, but this girl is ready for m.o.r.e. How do we get there?
How do we grow spiritually and set attainable goals? Deliberate goal-setting.
Let’s study Proverbs 31. In this passage we find numerous characteristics of that oh-so-devoted wife & mother that most Christian gals are striving to imitate. My challenge to you is to take each verse or idea and turn it into a concrete achievable goal for yourself. Really, it’s pretty simple. I’ll run you through it using Proverbs 31:20.
Here’s how to set spiritual growth goals & achieve them in six easy steps.
1. Read, read, and re-read. Read Proverbs 31 verses 10-31 a few times over prayerfully, or whichever passage you choose. Ask the Lord to guide you and touch your heart with the verse that will be your goal.
2. Select your verse or phrase.
My choice: Proverbs 31: 20, which says “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
3. Choose a tangible way that you can begin to live out your choice verse.
I will make zipper bags full of snacks in the car to hand out to those in need who beg along the roadways. This is a common practice here in Costa Rica. At least 5 bags will temporarily live in the car at all times. Each zipper bag will contain 2 juice boxes, 1 packet of nuts, 1 granola bar, and 1 package of dried fruit snacks. I will pray over each bag as it heads out the car window.
Make a time frame commitment. Will your goal take a week/month/year?
For one year I’ll keep the car stocked up and bless absolutely every person who requests help.
Write it down!
Busting out the scrapbook supplies to make a slick poster reminder for the bulletin board, stat!
Grab a friend for accountability.
Invite the hubs to go grocery shopping for the goodies and to let me know when the stash is getting low so we can restock. Ask him to please check up with me each week to see how many blessing baggies were distributed.
See guys, it really is that simple! Setting goals for spiritual growth is a great way to stand firm in the faith and really commit to living out the Bible. I can’t wait to see what awesome aims you choose for yourselves. Tell me what verse you’re living out in the comments. If you need more guidance or are looking for an accountability partner, I’d love to back you up! Happy goal-setting!
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