Hot take: I love Mondays. There’s something refreshing to returning after the break from routine that the weekend brings. I’m excited that this could be the week that one big project gets completed, where I come up with the new idea, or when something really great happens.
But changing the calendar over to the start of a new year stresses me out. Even though it is the concept of a new week multiplied by 52, I don’t love it. I’ve lived enough years to make some resolutions and see others declare their goals starting January 1st, only to fail by January 17th, the day that USA Today says many resolutions fail.
Maybe you love making resolutions and setting big goals on New Year’s Day. Maybe you’d rather make plans to achieve your dreams any other day but January 1st. Whatever the case may be for you, here are 3 principles to keep in mind when you are setting goals.
- Choose goals which honor God. This doesn’t mean that every goal needs to be “Share Christ with 3,000 people.” But a goal shouldn’t include something you know will lead you away from God. Mark 8:36 ESV reminds us of this. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” While your goal may not be labeled “sin” outright, you should double-check that it doesn’t sacrifice the other priorities that God has given you for your life.
2. Include God on the goal-setting process. Proverbs 16:9 NLT tells us “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Seeking God’s will through prayer is never a mistake! Pray about what He wants you to do, and when.
3. Check in with wise people about your goals. Proverbs 19:20 ESV says “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” There are others with more experience and knowledge in your area of interest. Check in with them about your goals. Just one important piece of information can change your plans entirely for the better! I would rather learn from the experience of others than make the mistake on my own.
God, we want to honor You with all the parts of our lives, including our dreams and goals. May we always seek You as we make our plans, both big and small. Thank you for letting us be part of Your plans! We love You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.