It is critical that I know the difference between desires and goals or I will be frustrated and will frustrate others.
Goals are things that are within my power to do, with God’s enabling.
Desires are things I would like to see happen but involve the cooperation of others whom I don’t control and can’t predict what they will do.
For example, I can set a goal to be a certain kind of husband to my wife, Susan, by (with His help) doing certain things that I would refer to as goals.
- Spend some intentional time each day listening to her
- Provide for her financially
- Date her once a week
As I do these three things, my desire is to have a certain kind of marriage; but that cannot be a goal because it takes two of us to make a marriage and I don’t control and can’t predict what Susan will do or become.
So, I set as goals the three things that I just mentioned and have as a desire that I will have a certain kind of marriage. There are, of course, a number of other things I can and will do in addition to the three mentioned. If I set as a goal that entails the cooperation of others, I tend to try to manipulate them into doing what I want or think they should do in order to reach my goal. I must confess that I have done this numerous times.
In the goal’s arena, there are quantitative goals and qualitative goals.
Here are seven goals/desires I have for 2014. Numbers 1,4,5,6 & 7 are goals and 2 & 3 are desires, as I can’t control or predict whom I will have as clients or who will invite me to conduct a seminar. Numbers 6 & 7 are qualitative and 1-5 are quantitative.
The qualitative ones are harder to measure and the quantitative ones are easier to measure.
Each goal and desire will be reached as I develop certain activities and habits in my life, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
- Read at least twenty-four books by Dec 31
- Conduct ten seminars by Dec 31
- Have forty coaching clients by December 31
- Reach and maintain 180 pounds
- Post four new blogs a week--two that are mine --Sun, Mon, Wed and Fri.
- Grow in being bold and initiating conversations about the gospel
- Grow in: Gentleness, Graciousness and Generosity
In preparation for 2014, I spent a few hours alone looking back over 2013 and looking ahead to 2014. I read through the book of Philippians in the Phillips translation and jotted down (without verse references) some things I would like to see the Holy Spirit do in my life during this next year.
I have entered these ten in my prayer book and will regularly pray over the ideas and joyfully anticipate what the Holy Spirit will do in these ten areas of my life.
Here they are: From the book of Philippians (Phillips) “The Top Ten” for 2014:
- Recognize the highest and best
- Honor Christ with the utmost boldness
- Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity
- Learn to see things from other people’s point of view
- Work out my salvation with a proper sense of awe and responsibility
- Put no confidence in what I am in the flesh
- With hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead
- Have a reputation for gentleness
- Learn to be content whatever the circumstances…quite content
- Be ready for anything
You will be getting word about this post on either Monday, December 30th or Tuesday, December 31st. It’s not too late to do a little dreaming for 2014.
- How would you like to see God change you in 2014? Be specific.
- What would you like to see Him do in you and through you in 2014?
- If you were guaranteed success and money were not an issue, what would you attempt in 2014?
---> Dream Big Things
------> Attempt Big Things
---------> Expect Big Things From The God You Serve
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a child-like ‘What’s next Papa.’”
-Romans 8:15 (The Message)