This is a continuation and review of the book I’m currently reading titled “Seeking The Face of God” by Gary L. Thomas
Chapter 2 – Starting At The Finish Line – Spiritual Goals
In chapter 2, Gary talks about the importance of setting “spiritual” goals in an effort to move forward and measure your growth. I don’t know about you but I’m a big “goal setter”. I believe in it whole heartily but I’ve never thought about setting goals when seeking the face of God. I not only believe in setting goals, I believe in knocking them out the ball park. In the corporate you always “under promise and over deliver”. I subscribe to that strategy on a daily bases. It’s one of the strategies that helped me become successful along with my competitive nature and spirit.
My biggest challenge is that I like to compete with myself. No one else is ever of interest to me. I’m not sure why I’m that way but people don’t move or challenge me. I have to find my motivation in other places. I’ve never been concerned with what someone else has or what someone else thinks, just concerned with how I can be better. How can I be a better mother, sister, daughter, friend, employee, or Christian? Goal setting for me is difficult because my mountains just keep getting higher and higher and I do it to myself. There are some great qualities about not being influenced by others and of course it has its own struggles, those I know all too well.
Limping To Heaven
I like the section he calls “limping to heaven”. He says, “we’ve started at the finish line.” I’ve never heard it put that way before but it’s really true. “All that is left to do is to hold on and wait for the awards ceremony to begin.” Most people are more concerned about losing their salvation rather than maturing and growing. If you know you’re saved, what’s left to do? Isn’t God amazing that He wants us to live every day with the assurance of Heaven as our destination. I love the fact that He wants us to have assurance but I highly doubt He wants us to sit back and do nothing until that time comes. We must be about our Father’s business and to do so means we must grow and mature in the word and in our relationship with God.
Setting Your Own Goals
The book outlines 6 things that can help you move forward in setting spiritual goals.
- Review the Gospels.
- Familiarize yourself with historical goals.
- Prayerfully review your goals.
- Tell some significant others your plans.
- Get more input.
- Remember where you’re going.
Seeking The Face Of God
To grow and mature in the word and in your relationship with God is like anything else you do when you want to achieve excellence. It takes time, focus, commitment, passion, truth, growth and development! You will not be able to seek the Face of God without it.
I’ll recap and share from Chapter 3 on next Friday.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.