The starting point for every Achievement is a Goal.
I had a good job in a California public school. The pay was good and the retirement package was amazing. It seemed to me that I was set.
While visiting my parents in Maine I received a phone call. This was before cell phones. I still don’t know how the caller found my parent’s home phone number – or knew that I was there.
A school superintendent in Georgia was on the line asking if I would consider taking a job in a small school in Tennessee. A church school.
I hung up without giving an answer to the superintendent, and told my parents what the call was about.
My dad could ask powerful questions. “Do you believe that God helped the call get through?” he asked me.
I thought for a couple hours before I answered.
It wasn’t that it took me that long to find the answer.
It took me that long to own the answer.
“Yes,” I finally conceded. “I don’t see how it could be anything else.”
“When God calls, how should you answer?” he continued.
Our most important goal had always been “Be where God wants us to work.
We spent nine years at that school. Some of the best years of our lives.
What were we able to achieve by responding to God’s call?
Every person lives in Seven Spheres of Life.
So Goals naturally arise within one of these Spheres and often cross over into others..
These Seven exist together in a hierarchy – an order of importance and command.
Over the next 6 weeks we will look carefully at each one.
Spiritual Life sits at the top of my Seven Spheres of Life Goals.
I am convinced that God is God and that He wants to guide me in this earthly life so that I am qualified to live with Him for Eternity. Since He can see the end from the beginning,
He is more qualified to guide me than I am to guide myself.
As I said in the opening story, I want to be where God wants me to work. That is my Goal in my Spiritual Sphere.
I stated ‘work’ above in my goal. According to the Bible, every person is given a work to do.
The story that Jesus told of the Talents emphasizes that every servant was given at least one talent and was instructed to work with it.
When I am working where God places me, He will also be leading me in other spheres of my life. I will make better Life Goals than if I trust in my hopes and plans for the future.
You may not have made the same choice. But you have a Spiritual Life anyway, because God made you that way.
What personal goals do you have on your list that fit into your Spiritual Life?
Every achievement starts out as a goal.
God’s goal for us in this sphere is that we “become like Him.”
What is He like?
He describes Himself and His followers in these terms:
If you are struggling to identify a Spiritual Goal for yourself, adopt one from that list and work on it.
It is a Law of the Universe: You will become like the god that you worship.
History reveals this to be true.
Read the Bible. Begin with the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Find a Christian Church Fellowship that focuses on the Love of God. Get in a Study Group and participate.
Begin to look for evidences of His working in your life.
Get out into Nature and look at the flowers, birds, butterflies – actually everything in Nature testifies of a Loving Creator God.
Create your list of goals for your Spiritual Life Sphere.
Download a Worksheet here. Spiritual Sphere Worksheet
Look carefully at the Fuzzy picture and then the Clear picture. They are the same photo.
The clear one makes sense. That’s true of goals also.
The clear ones make sense.
If you are unclear about the label on the clear photo, look up “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah” He wants to be the Lion of your life too.
Next week we will continue with Goals in the Seven Spheres of Life.
Let me know what you think of this post. What have you experienced in your Spiritual Life? What questions do you still have?
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