I have heard some people say that setting goals is not a biblical thing to do. However, I think it is part of how the Lord built us.

Goals are something almost everyone considers from time to time. If you think about it, even Jesus had a goal.

What does the Bible say about setting goals?

Philippians 3:13–14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Proverbs 21:5 “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.”

Luke 14:28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?”

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”

When it comes to setting goals, it is important to consider several things:

Have I prayed over this?

Will this glorify God?

Do I believe this is God’s will?

How will this effect others?

Is this God’s timing?

After taking some time to meditate and pray on those questions, if you decide it is time to move forward with setting your goal, there are some mechanical parts of goal setting that have proven to be very useful.

Any goal you set should be S.M.A.R.T. –

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Time Sensitive

Using this as a guideline for setting and achieving goals will help you avoid vague or unrealistic goals, and might prevent you, and others, from “dropping the ball”.

Lastly, remember that people are always more important than anything you want to achieve. The Lord may put a goal on your heart simply to allow your path to cross with someone who needs encouragement, purpose, counsel, or the savior.