How Do I Write Spiritual Goals?: Three Areas to Consider

How Do I Write Spiritual Goals?: Three Areas to Consider

We have such a tremendous privilege as humans.

We can probably safely say that as our spiritual Father, God has one goal for us—that we become like Christ.

Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us that as we behold the glory of the Lord, we are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.

As we do so, we take on His heart, character, and purposes. This transformation then changes how we live our lives.

But how do we write goals for transformation? How do you measure growth when the destination is perfection?

Let’s look at it in a different way.

Instead of bemoaning how far we are from the mark, let’s honestly assess how far we have come in the past year.

Then I make goals to take another step closer.

I do this in three distinct areas of my spiritual life:

Spiritual disciplines are basic foundational exercises that give me space to connect with God. Common ones include Bible intake, prayer, going to church and giving, but depending on your temperament, there may be others.

To evaluate, I ask:

  • How have I grown in my understanding of Scripture this year?

  • How am I praying first more often instead of last?

A rhythm of life is a lifestyle of spiritual exercises.

Instead of just reading my Bible in the morning and then moving on to live my day without God, I develop continued opportunities to pause to pray throughout my day, as I do my work.

I’m pretty disciplined with individual disciplines, but I confess it is easy to forget God after I close my Bible. A rhythm or rule is a way to call me back and remind me of the reality of my spiritual life.

To evaluate, I ask:

  • On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my connection with God throughout the day?

  • How often do I recall Christ during my day?

Lastly, is the “liturgy of the ordinary.”

This is the practice of connecting with God within my ordinary activities. Learning to live my daily life in light of the spiritual, as I work, imbues the day with deeper meaning.

This is a new idea, but it links life’s realities to the spiritual.

To evaluate, I ask:

  • How aware am I of Christ’s presence as I care for others? Serve my family? Perform the tasks of my vocation?

  • In what ways do I acknowledge His presence in all I do?

My lifetime goal is that my daily life becomes increasingly filled with the awareness of God.

These three tools become the way I choose to make space for God, that He might invade the ordinary, that I might “behold the glory of the Lord” and be transformed in my spirit.

Stay tuned as I unpack each!

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