1 Corinthians 9:24-26, Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

This week’s blog covers the topic of the Biblical basis for setting goals.
Day one: Setting personal goals keeps us from being copycats of someone else or something else we do not really want to be.
Day two: Setting goals keeps us focused on being what God wants us to be.
Day three: Goal setting is a statement of faith.
Today’s point: Setting goals helps focus our energy on the most important aspects of life so we can be as effective as possible. The world we live in is full of distractions. We only have so much time and so much energy, so in order to be successful and productive, we have to keep our energies focused in the right direction.

This is what the Apostle Paul said about concentrating his energy efficiently. He said, “I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” In other words, Paul teaches that when we go through life, we are not just playing around. He reminds us to make our time and energy count for something. Paul’s focus was on reaching his goal.

So today, do not just meander around aimlessly. Use your time and energy to achieve your goals.
PLAN IT OUT, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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