Through some cosmic hiccup we’ve all received the same training on goal setting. We’ve learned goals need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound). Instead of setting a goal like, I want to be healthier, it’s much more powerful to commit, I will lose ten pounds in eight weeks.
The problem is, when we attempt to set significant life goals, leaning on the SMART model is like trying to kill a bear with a butter knife.
In today’s post I’ll share 3 thoughts on life planning:
1. A Biblical perspective
2. Practical Steps
3. A Measurement Philosophy
Hang around the church long enough and you’ll pick up on the lifestyle and lingo of a believer. One thing you’ll hear is that you should serve others…even better if you can serve together with your kids. Although undeniably important, I have this nagging suspicion that many of us serve for the wrong reasons and in the wrong manner.
In our most transparent moments we confess our motivations for serving include words like we ought to and should. Service also sometimes feels burdensome and inconvenient. Collectively, these impure motives and feelings permeate our thinking and pollute our acts of service. Worse yet, they might deter us from serving altogether.
Today I’ll share a Biblical perspective on why and how we should serve. If you’re seeking a list of ways to serve as a family you won’t find that here. What you will find is a philosophy of service – and some challenging thoughts.
Oxford defines “authentic” as made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original. As believers, the “original” we’re seeking to resemble is our intended design – our redeemed self. If it weren’t for the fall of Adam we might resemble God’s original design. But sin causes us to fall short. So we look to Christ as our proxy.
As a result of this fallen state, our relationships with others often disappoint. Struggling to live authentically with those around us we long for something more genuine. Striving for authenticity leads us to ask 2 questions:
- What does “living authentically with friends” even mean?
- In what ways do I see myself falling short?