Everyone must make a living, provide for the future, maintain health, use his talents and abilities, associate with family and friends.
Doing these things causes a weariness of the flesh, unless he sets proper goals.
We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We will anticipate this event as eagerly as people greeting one another in an airport if we have the right short-range goals.
Trust Him to guide you to people and events in life.
- Grow in your knowledge of the commandments.
- Live righteously, peacefully, justly, love kindness, have a pure heart, take mistreatment patiently.
- Trust God to guide you—trust Him to bring people and events into and out of your life.
- Have the spirit of a servant—to serve rather than be served—to lose your life for Jesus’ sake and the gospel’s.
To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:8-9).
If you accept these goals, your life will have meaning and purpose, and you will be on the way to becoming indestructible.
1. What do goals do for our lives?
2. The author names 2 Corinthians 5:10 as our long-term goal. What does that verse say? Commit it to memory.
3. The author also suggests some good short-term goals. The first is to grow in your knowledge of the _________________________.
4. The second suggested short-term goal is to live in what way?
5. The third is to trust ____________ to guide you.
6. And the last suggested short-term goal is to have the spirit of a _____________________.
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