Goal Setting and Time Management from God’s Perspective

Recently I heard a motivational speaker talk on the subject of time management and goal setting. He said the usual things, like failure to plan is a plan for failure.

His emphasis was on helping people who want to create their own lifestyle to become more efficient and effective. And he did have some good points which I appreciated.

For instance, find the best two hours of your day and do what you’re best at then. Find the second best two hours of the day if you’re working for someone else during those first best two hours.

Make your plans for the day the night before. That way you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in the morning. Besides, your subconscious mind may work on some things overnight. I find this tip helpful.

But he went further into making up schedules and helping listeners figure out how much money they’d like to make per hour. He lost me when he got into the numbers. I’m not sure how realistic they are.

Then there was talk of fulfilling your desires. That’s good as far as it goes–and following your desires will take you far–but we’re not always going to get what we want. When that happens, how will you and I handle the disappointment? Maybe we need to reshape our desires from time to time to line them up with reality and God’s will.

I’ve never been a big fan of motivational speakers. I only listen if I think he’s halfway realistic. Do they really practice what they talk about, or do they just preach it to others? I suspect it’s a little of both.

While I encourage time management and having goals and plans, things happen. Not everything’s going to work out the way you’ve charted it out, regardless whether you follow this or some other guy’s directions.

You have to be flexible. Sometimes life can really throw you a curve.

So what’s God’s perspective on our time management and goal setting? Here’s a glimpse.

James 4:13-16
13. Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

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