Welcome back, friends! So we’ve talked about what is best. But what now? It’s a tall order and lifetime quest, but what do we do today?
Well, we can break down the big goal into several smaller categories that are common to all of us. These are still general, but they will help get us closer to the specifics.
You are responsible for maintaining your relationship with your Creator. This includes time in the Word (Psalm 119:11-16, Eph. 6:17) and prayer (Eph. 6:18), as well as learning through books and godly friends (Prov. 27:17).
Home & Family
Ladies, we are all responsible to some extent for family relationships and our homes. Even you who are young ladies are usually responsible for your bedrooms or dorm rooms. (Titus 2:5, Proverbs 31:27)
Believers are responsible for being active members of a local church, and those relationships and duties take time and effort. (I Cor. 12, Heb. 10:24-25)
Education or Career
Many of us are responsible in some arena to “work heartily” as we serve the Lord. The time commitment varies, but the duty is there. (Col. 3:22-23, Titus 2:9)
Loving our neighbor is a universal responsibility. None of us are excused, but often other tasks crowd out time and opportunities to fulfill the commandment. (Matt. 22:39, Col. 4:5, Heb. 13:2, 16)
If we do not take care of ourselves, how will we fulfill our purposes in God’s plan? (I Cor. 6:19-20) We do not need to be bodybuilders or marathon runners, but we do need to ensure we are not preventing ourselves from making it through the day in obedience.
Still a lot to cover when you look at it all, though we all function in these without even thinking about it most of the time. However, you may have noticed a weakness for yourself in one or two items above and have a desire to work on that. If so, you are ready for the next step – goal-setting.