7 Powerful Steps To Set Goals God's Way

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Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about goal-setting?

You probably already know I'm a huge fan of Lara Casey & Cultivate What Matters, and I absolutely love using her PowerSheets and goal-setting blog series each year.

There's just something beautiful about taking small, intentional steps toward making what really matters to you happen.

But what DOES the bible say about setting goals?

That's what I hope to answer for you today, and to share a few simple steps to set God-centered goals.

7 Powerful Steps to Set Goals God's Way - Cultivate Grace

What the Bible Says about Goal-Setting

If you're familiar with the New Testament, then you're familiar with Paul. And he just so happens to be goal-driven.

His goal was an eternal one: to answer God's call in Christ to serve him. Here's some scripture to explain what I mean by this:

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

"Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Pretty beautiful, right?

You see, God cares about our personal goals, but he wants us to view them from an eternal perspective.

For example: if your goal is to lose weight, try to think about why that matters to God. He says our bodies are a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), so being healthy IS important to God!

Dear sister, I encourage you to humble your heart and give your goals to God. He can do great things with them!

Setting and achieving goals God's way

Here are a few bible-focused steps to setting God-centered goals. Just click on the verse reference to read the scripture in full! It will open a new window or tab :)

1. Pray for direction (Proverbs 3:5-6, Matthew 22:36-40) These are some of my favorite verses, because they remind me to always keep God first in my heart. Let him guide your goal-setting strategy and he will make your path straight. Remember the simple commands of Jesus to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love others well. Those two commandments make wonderful jumping off points for your God-centered goals.

2. Set objectives (Psalm 37:23-24) As you're setting goals, remember that God is with you. Make sure your goals are consistent with the Word and like-minded with Christ. Keep your focus on him, and even if you stumble, he won't let you fall. 

3. Make a plan (Proverbs 16:9) And always remember that even though you have created a plan of action, it's essential to keep your plans fluid for the Holy Spirit to intervene and to guide your steps. You never know what beautiful lesson the Lord has to teach you.

4. Schedule time (1 Chronicles 12:32) It's important to be sure you have enough time in your day to work toward your goal. Maybe it's just a few minutes, but this verse reminds us of the importance of understanding the limitations of time. We must be certain to plan ahead!

5. Get started! Remember God's promise to help (Philippians 1:6) Never forget that God began a good work in you & he has promised to carry it on to completion. You can do this, in HIS strength.

6. Evaluate progress (Galatians 6:3-4) What I love about this verse is that it reminds us to not compare our progress on our goals to anyone else's. God's timing is completely perfect, and each of our journeys is unique.

7. Celebrate success! Be sure to plan now for how you're going to celebrate achieving your goal, or even to celebrate the little by little progress you make.

Simplicity Challenge

Every week, I like to share a quick action step that is designed to help you simplify various aspects of your life. This week, I challenge you to set ONE goal for this year or season by following the God-centered goal-setting process I shared today.

Be sure to share your goal with me in the comments! I'd love to be praying for you <3

In His Grace,