Management by Goal Setting
It isn’t enough to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time). We must be making God goals, not just our goals. When we pray, we cannot just come to God, place our needs on the table, and then walk away. In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle had within it the Table of the Presence. This table was a symbol of us meeting with God for fellowship and gave the idea that the table was always open for us to come to him and have relationship. From this model, we can understand that God desires for us to come to the table and fellowship with Him. This means that our time with the Lord must include talking and listening. From the listening we are able to discern God’s goals for us. While we are spending this time, we are also able to see what goals we can reach along the way to God’s more long term goal.
Once we have spent this time at the table with the Lord, we can continually assess where we are with the goals we have set. Without spending this time, we cannot correctly assess our current position with God’s eyes. Time with God builds our faith by us coming to know God better and this leads us towards being able to walk by faith and not by sight.