Its that time of year when for many we start thinking about new year resolutions. A desire to be more active, choose healthier options or even setting spiritual goals to help grow in your spiritual walk with God. These goals are usually some of the more popular goals for many at the start of a new year.
Year after year we go about setting new goals with little to no results. There is a popular quote by Albert Einstein that says, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' Indeed, this is so true, we can’t be making the same goals every year and use the same old strategies that seem to get us nowhere.
Become a part of the minority this year achieving what you set out to do going into the new year. With a proper plan in place, you are well on your way to achieving your goals. Here are some tips for setting spiritual goals.
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Four Tips for Setting Spiritual Goals
In Revelation chapter 3, the Bible speaks about the Church of Laodicea. The Laodicean’s were neither hot nor cold and God wished they were at least one or the other. The passage in the New Living Translation reads: “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say ‘I am rich I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked”
For a lot of us Christians, we are in the church but in the world at the same time. We treat God like a sugar daddy. We go to him only when we are in need. In order for us to grow spiritually, we need to be intentional with our faith. We can’t be haphazardly living out our faith. Let’s make this year the year of growth in our spiritual lives by setting spiritual goals.
Setting Spiritual Goals – Start With Prayer
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The Lord wants only the best for us, but often times, we only seek his help when our plans go sideways. Spend some time in deep prayer and meditation, pouring out your heart to God and asking him to show you the way he has planned for you. In prayer express your concerns and your struggles asking him to give you the wisdom to know what to do. If you are struggling with your prayer, here are 5 tips to improve your prayer life.
Setting Spiritual Goals – Reflect On The Past Year
As I mentioned earlier, it is total insanity to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Spend some time reflecting on your past year. What did and didn’t work? Think about things such as struggling to find the time for quiet time.
Were there activities or things that you did where you saw spiritual growth as a result. Perhaps you started Bible journaling and as a result, started reading the Bible more consistently. Using a journal, make note of each accomplishment as well as your failures. These make great starting points in helping you to get started in setting attainable goals that will help to grow your spiritual life.
Setting Spiritual Goals – Create a Vision Board
Creating a vision board is my absolute favorite part of goal setting. I love vision boards because I find it a creative way to reflect on my past year as well as envision what I hope to accomplish in the coming year. I am a visual learner, so I love seeing things laid out. Think about what you would like your spiritual life goals to look like in the current year. Once again reaching for your journal make note of these ideas.
What are some Spiritual Goals?
- Attending prayer meetings regularly
- Start a small bible study group
- Go on a mission trip
- Read the Bible in a year
- Start a Christian Blog
- Start Bible Journaling
- Memorize scripture
- Daily quiet time with God
Hopefully, these ideas have sparked some inspiration. Once you have your vision written down find some pictures that depict your vision, creatively adding them to your poster board. You can then add in bible verses and quotes to further inspire you. Once done, hang this up in your office or somewhere in your home for a reminder of your goals year-round.
Vance Havner says, “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps- we must step up the stairs”. From your vision board, choose 1-2 goals that you want to focus on. Then write out a plan to accomplish that goal. For example, if you struggle with finding time for quiet time your plan to accomplish this could be: Purchase a yearly devotional with the goal of reading it off by Dec. 31. You could then allocate your lunch hour to reading your devotional or get up an hour early in the morning to ensure you accomplish the day's readings.
The key here is to focus on attainability. For example, if you know you aren’t a morning person, don’t make a goal to wake up early to get your devotional completed. The odds of that happening are very unlikely and before you have even started, you are setting yourself up for possible failure. Another example could be instead of trying to read the Bible in 90 days why not aim for two years or three years. Take your situation into account and put plans in place that helps you accomplish your goal, not hinder it.
Setting Spiritual Goals – Create a Solid Foundation
At the foundation of spiritual growth, is spending time with God. Find annual Bible reading plans or select bible studies that you can do on a monthly basis. I particularly like the idea of themed months where you can deep-dive on a particular topic for 28-31 days and then move on to another topic where you would like to do a deep study. Monthly themes could include love, prayer, gratitude etc.
For persons that are strapped for time, you could consider getting a devotional. While devotionals shouldn’t replace your time spent in the Bible, they can help you start your day off with the Lord followed by a deeper study later in the day.
Be sure to also read our list of Bible Verses for Setting Goals to give you some inspiration as you work on laying out your plan for 2019.
Devotional to Help in Setting Spiritual Goals
Pretty Little Truths – This is a modern-day devotional for young women. Covers topics such as anxiety, social media, and relationships. You will find a little dose of encouragement all year-round.
Adored: 365 Devotions For Women – I was immediately drawn to this devotional by the lovely artsy book cover. However, this devotional is jam-packed with lots of good stuff. There are easy to read devotionals, scripture verses, and journaling space to reflect on the day’s readings.
Live Original Devotional – Written by A&E’s Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars Sadie Robertson, this year-long devotional is filled with encouragement to help women apply biblical principles to their everyday life.
A Book of Prayers For Young Women – A book filled with scripture, praise, and prayers to help young women in their conversations with God.
Journey of Faith: A Devotional for Young Women – A devotional centered around walking by faith. He serves to remind young women that the journey won’t always be easy but it will be totally worth it.
Beloved: 365 Devotions For Young Women – Topical devotions inspired by girls and women of the Bible.
You made it! You are well on your way to setting spiritual goals to deepen your walk with God. Wishing you all the best for the new year. I would love to see your wonderful vision board creations, mention faith_solid on Twitter so I can cheer you along!
Looking for even more inspiration about goal setting? You can work on choosing a guiding word for the new year.