Part 2 of 4
By Pastor Dave
Bad goals are often clear yet subtle like power, greed, hate, and self gratification. These types of goals, when realized, will end badly and will lead to a worthless life, an “evil weeble”, a life of sin.
Good goals are commendable and produce great wholesome results like working to take care of your family, to better yourself, to be an asset to society, or to use the rewards of the goals reached to help others. This will lead to a good life but also an empty life, a hollow weeble as you might put it. Mark 10:17-22, The rich young ruler who had good goals but they were not Godly goals.
Godly goals always shun bad goals and embrace good goals but they are goals that have glorifying God as their ultimate purpose. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ (Eph. 1:12). They see God’s blessing and guidance. This leads to a fulfilled life both here and in eternity. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven… (Mark 10:21). This is the “golden weeble”.
If you are one of those people that has to have goals and needs a purpose to get up in the morning, you may be like the rich young ruler that asks, “How do I have Godly goals?” It all starts with a personal relationship with God’s son. Hebrews says that without faith it is impossible to please God. When we confess our sins and ask our sins to be forgiven by Jesus Christ who shed his blood to pay for our sins on the cross, we become his child. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (John 1:12). We receive a whole new purpose in life because we become a new creature. We receive a new life, new goals, and a new purpose.
Bad goals should begin to disappear. Good goals will take on new meaning and Godly goals will begin to form and guide our life. How many times have we sung that wonderful hymn Amazing Grace? How many lives have been touched by Amazing Grace and pointed to God. That was written by John Newton who had very bad goals in life, a weeble rotten to the core. But he was gloriously saved and his purpose in life changed his goals. Out of this new purpose and goals came the song Amazing Grace.
Is there anyone that comes to the end of their life that would not like to look back and see a life filled with purpose? I am writing this to help you with your daily goals and to accomplish your life long goals of living a life that fulfills God’s will.
Your weebles can be the task at hand or your objective in a meeting, or counseling session, projects at work, home, or with your children. Your weeble may be the task at hand, short range, medium range, long range or eternal. It is amazing how we can lose sight of our objectives in each one of these areas. Many people can set goals but eventually the real thrust of the story will be staying with your goal or your God altered goal. Many of us have faltered with the process of reaching our goals and thus took our eye off the weeble. Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck (I Tim. 1:19). They took their eye off the weeble of their faith which affected all of their goals.
One great tool I have picked up to help me figure out my daily goals is to make a list. It’s simple but so effective. Charles Schwab, president of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, wanted his team to be more efficient and find a better way to get things done. He asked Ivy Lee, a productivity consultant, to come up with a plan to organize his day. Schwab asked Lee how much it would cost him. Lee said, “Nothing unless it works”. Lee gave Schwab his five-step method, and told Schwab to pay him what he thinks he deserves after trying his method for three months. Three months later Schwab paid Lee $25,000. Here’s the five-step Ivy Lee Method:
- Write down six important things (and no more) you want to accomplish the next day by the end of the day.
- Put them in order of importance.
- Concentrate only on the first task until it is completed then move to the next task on your list.
- If you don’t get them all done move the unfinished tasks to your list for the next day.
- Repeat this process every day.
It’s simple and it works.
To be continued ………………..