Are you a Goals Girl? Or a Goals Guy? Do you just LOVE goals?
Does part of your process at the beginning a year involve sitting down and devising a whole set of S.M.A.R.T. goals?
I used to be a HUGE Goals Girl. My background is in accounting and taxation. I went to school for a BA in business administration with a minor in accounting, and then went on to earn a Masters of Science in taxation. During my thirteen year career in the marketplace, I worked jobs where specificity, precision and measurement were highly valued.
I’m a Type A, you guys! I’m an Enneagram 1w2 — a “Reformer” type. So I really love rules and process and and analytics and all that sort of stuff. And I spent every minute of my time in my marketplace jobs celebrating goals, requiring them to be set and followed by my teams, and living and dying by them all along the way.
Until, one day a few years ago, when I was sitting with the Lord in a prayer time, and I felt him ask me this question: “Erica, are goals my best for you?” Right then and there, I realized . . . Maybe Not. And I went on a journey into the Bible to see what God really has to say about goals and what truly is his best for me.
Is this topic piquing your interest? Have you been wondering if goals are really helping you to live an “on purpose” life that bears fruit and feels fulfilling? If so, I want you to come along on this journey of an episode today. Grab your journal and a pen . . . and Let’s Go!
What you will learn in this episode:
- What the Bible really says about goals and goal setting;
- Why S.M.A.R.T. goals really aren’t so smart when it comes to living a Holy Spirit-led life; and
- How we can use goals and targets as tools, submitted to God, to support walking out the purpose and destiny God has placed on our lives.
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
2 Corinthians 5:10 —
For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
Isaiah 55:9 —
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Luke 14:25-33 —
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’
Habakkuk 2:1-3 —
I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. 2 Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. 3 This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
Proverbs 19:21 —
You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.
Isaiah 46:10 —
Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.
Isaiah 60:22(b) —
At the right time, I, the LORD, will make it happen.
Isaiah 30:20-21 —
You will see your teacher with your own eyes. 21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
Romans 8:28 —
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
1 Corinthians 13:9 —
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:
Live Services – Fridays at 7pm ET and Sundays at 11am ET
If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:
The ROCC: REVIVE Online Campus Community
About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.
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