2017 Goal Setting for the Christian Professional

It is a regular practice within organizations to establish goals and objectives for the business, each department and the associates each year. This helps everyone to be clear and to understand their contribution to the overall success of the organization. As individuals we should have goals and objectives to reach milestones which benefit us personally. This may include returning to college, getting promoted, starting a family, purchasing a home or retiring. We must seek the Father for direction on all of our goals. The holiday season is the time of year when I usually look ahead to the upcoming year and I plan my goals. By this time my manager has presented me with the company’s plan and expectations for the new year and I have the previous 11 months’ productivity and accomplishments to reflect upon. All of the data, expectations, goals, desires and details are then placed into my mental prayer basket and I set it before the Lord. I also place in that basket my shortcomings for the year. I allow the basket to sit there for a while as I begin the process of seeking God. Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. First I acknowledge His presence in my professional life. I reflect on his role in my successes and challenges throughout the year. I thank him for the blessings as well as the errors and correction I received. During this process of prayer, I repent, confess [...]