Goals is used as a statement word in this world today. This generation has created many of these types of words that are spoken alone and encapsulate an entire philosophy wrapped up in one little word. It happens because it works. In this age of texting where people want to convey their message with as little typing as possible, which resulted in the advent of abbreviated text speak, combined with the very, very short attention spans of people results in every word potentially being a sentence or whole essay in itself. So when I say “goals” most people already have a broad picture forming in their minds. In fact a whole movement, which this generation also has an affinity for, full of feelings and thoughts and actions rises up with the mention of that one word. Ok, Jen, what’s your point? I believe that we can get too much of a good thing and no I’m not talking about donuts here. I’m talking about our plans, our ideas, our goals for our lives, our families, our careers. We can get so caught up in doing what is right that we lose sight of what is most important, our relationship with God and HIs opinion on what we are doing with this life he has given us. Listen, I’m not saying any of those things are bad. It’s good to love people, to work, to go to church, to take care of our families, to give to the poor, etc. There are lots of good things we could all be doing with our time and resources. My concern is that we look at an aspect of our life, judge it to be good and therefore it passes the “do it or not” debate and proceed directly into doing said thing without any further consideration. I’ll share with you the scripture that made me think about this and maybe it will shed a little more light on what I am talking about.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 NKJV
This verse is not only intended for thoughts or actions that war against you, plague you, torment you but applies also to anything that may look like a good thing but if allowed to have free rein in your life without periodically assessing can end up causing a range of effects in your life from distracting you from other important things in your life, to distracting you from God’s plan for your life to the extreme of separating you from a relationship with Christ. We can exalt things so much in our minds and hearts that these important things end of coming before God in our lives and often we have very convincing justifications as well.
Take for example how some married women feel about their children and how they end up prioritizing them over everything else in their lives. Now, it is good to take care of our children. It is important that we prioritize their care over other things in fact but that is not permission to let our children become the center of your universe. There are many consequences to letting our affection for our children get out of hand and it will be to the detriment of our marriages, our friendships and even have a negative impact on the very children we care so much for that can follow them for the rest of their lives.
How often do we immerse ourselves in a plan, a goal, a good idea or cause? We can get so caught up in planning, imagining the next steps, what’s coming next, what we have to do or how it will go that we take over and don’t even consider consulting God. Or maybe there’s something that we have been eagerly anticipating and waiting for what seems like forever? We can be so relieved that this longed for thing has finally come that in the thrill of finally receiving our hearts desire that we forget all about what God wants us to do now or what to do next, never mind thanking Him. We forget that He is the one who makes all things possible. We get caught up in the “busyness” of it all and remove God from the picture. I need God in my life. Without Him I get distracted, I get confused, I am ineffective, I am unloving and get lost in my life just to mention a few of the reasons why I need Jesus. So, if I get caught in this trap of the good things in my life I will not have the one thing I need most and that’s God.
How do we avoid this trap? A good place to start is to assess your life. Are there things you are doing or things that are important to you that you haven’t submitted to God? Next, be thankful Thankfulness put s few things in motion for you. It acknowledges God for His goodness and His provision. This puts your circumstances in the proper perspective. Once you’re in that head space, it follows that if He gave these things to you that he would probably have a plan for you and these good things. Probably a plan that would blow away anything that you could come up with on your own and one that would be exceptionally more effective. I encourage you to submit all you do to the Lord. If there are things that you haven’t done that with yet, maybe there are wounds there that you need to get taken care of first. Lack of trust is a big one but that’s another topic for another blog.
I pray that this was a thought-provoking entry. I pray that you encounter your Creator today and that He rocks your world. Yes, that can happen every day!
Please let me know if this is something you have struggled with in your life or about areas that have been strongholds for you in the comments below. If you have any feedback, please share it in the comments. I truly do value feedback as an essential part of growth and community.
If you have ideas for future blogs please comment.