Links Daily Devotional

Goals for the Season Ahead

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV)

During my middle school and high school years, I remember cutting out motivational and goal-setting quotes from Sports Illustrated. There is something intriguing and awe-inspiring about diving into a core belief from a famous person, causing us to replay in our mind how that belief impacted the famous person’s life. A quick Google search on goal-setting led to the following results:

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recently, five-time PGA Tour champion, Jonathan Byrd, spoke about his goals for 2013 in this two-minute video: “A Message from Jonathan Byrd.” Jonathan has always been very driven and focused. He meets with his team each year to evaluate the past year and set goals for the upcoming year. His team consists of his wife, swing instructor, mental coach, fitness coach, caddie, and spiritual mentor. As the video mentions, “J. Byrd” has very specific goals for this year, but his overarching goal is to “glorify God out of gratitude for what He has done.”

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 the apostle Paul states, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” As believers, our lives are not about the glorification of self; rather, our entire existence should point to the one who created us, loves us and saved us. It is not our life to live, but Christ who lives in us and purchased us at a price. Therefore, the glory of God should consume our goal setting for this year and any year. God grants each of us different gifts, talents and abilities, but every part of our day, as believers, should be about glorifying God.

As we set goals for the season to come—the new year, a business project, a school semester, a fitness pursuit, whatever it is—and as we pursue the dreams and plans God has individually ordained for us, may we place an overarching theme on our lives that simply states: “For the glory of God.”

Korky Kemp

January 30, 2013

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