Rev. Floyd Costello
I came across this devotional thought by Rick Warren in my morning quiet time a few weeks ago. My heart was touched by his thought on how F.A.I.T.H. has more to do with our painting than we are willing to acknowledge at times on our Journey. Truly, our “Masterpieces” ought to be God ordained, Christ centered, Spirit led. Only then will we one day COMPLETE a “Masterpiece!”
Like reading God’s Word…don’t just read this article…consume it and spend some with the questions at the end of his devotional.
Biblical Goals Are FAITH Goals
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 ESV).
God will help you in any area of your life that you give to him—including time management.
To make the most of your time, you must believe that God will help you if you trust him.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (ESV). You’re either going to be mastered by the clock, or you’re going to master it. And the only way you can truly master it is with the help of Christ, who gives you strength.
We’re not talking here about positive thinking or pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps, self-help psychology. You need more than positive thinking. You need supernatural help to manage your schedule and your calendar.
Faith is a factor in how you manage your time. Even setting goals is a matter of faith. You have to believe that God will help you. Jesus said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV).
Setting FAITH goals is how you manage your time in a biblical way. Here are the five characteristics of a FAITH goal:
Focused. A focused goal is specific. You cannot use the words “more” or “less” in a focused goal, because those words cannot be measured. You must say, “I want to do this by this date.”
Attainable. An attainable goal is possible in faith. If you don’t have enough faith to believe it, don’t set it, because you’re wasting your time. Unrealistic goals are just going to discourage you.
Individual. This means that your goal concerns you, not somebody else. You cannot set a goal for what you can’t control!
Trackable. A trackable goal is measurable. You can measure your progress and prove that you did it.
Heartfelt. You have to feel passionately about your goal. If you set a goal that you’re not passionate about, you’re not going to accomplish it.
Are you ready to set big, bold goals in faith? Start managing your time well by making goals that are focused, attainable, individual, trackable, and heartfelt.
Talk About It
What is a current goal you’ve set for yourself? How is it a FAITH goal?
Why is it important to have faith that your goal is attainable?
How would your goals change if you more fully trusted God to help you achieve them and asked for his help in managing your time more wisely?
Pastor Floyd's office hours will be 9a-1p Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday each week unless pastoral duties call him away. He can always be reached on his cell phone (please leave a message if he doesn't answer!) or via email.
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Services begin at 10 a.m.
Bible Studies are on hiatus during the summer but during the year meet from 9-9:45am on Sunday. There is a K-4th grade, a 5th-7th grade, and an Adult Class.
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