Successful and effective people set goals…and make them consistently.
Goals are the mile-makers on the highway of life; they let you know you’re going in the correct directions and they let you gauge your progress and the speed of that progress. Goals are important.
However, it is possible to set goals and fulfill them and still not be a success.
Do not confuse a goal with the goal.
Like the soccer player who is proud that she leads her team in goals made while serving on a perennially losing team many people confuse their incremental goals with being the goal.
“The goal” is not a place or purpose (all good goals in their proper place). “The goal is a person: Jesus Christ.
Keeping Him in his proper place in your life determines how all the other little goals fall out in the tapestry of life.
Failing to do that is the great calamity of life. That is why so many “successful” people come to the end of the way and discover it was all sound and fury—meaningless and of no eternal value.
They left Jesus out of their plans and calculations.
So before signing your name on the success line ask yourself—where is Jesus in all this? If He’s not central and paramount then you’d better hold off on that signature, your life’s work is not finished.
And to the preacher or teacher: Before you sign your name on tomorrow’s sermon or lesson, make sure you have not confused incremental goals with the goal.
Remember, whether you’re raising the budget or the attendance, whether you are teaching your listeners about marriage or miracles; whether you are studying I Samuel or 2 Corinthians—the goal is helping your people see that nothing matters if they have not made Jesus Christ the central and paramount pursuit of their lives.
There have already been too many people who have ridden a church pew all the way to hell; don’t you add to that number. Your people may not get all the little and incremental goals in your message tomorrow (they never do) but make sure they get the one essential thing…then you can sign your name on the success line.