Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Lifetime Priorities and Goals

I recently discovered something quite interesting -- a notebook containing my Lifetime Goals and Priorities, which were based on the passage I shared yesterday in Titus 2:3-5:

"The older women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things, that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed."
These goals, listed in order of priority, were written about 15 years ago, and have given me a framework for my life.

1.  Relationship with God

Goal -- to become a woman who knows and fears the Lord, whose adornment is my meek and quiet spirit, and to be conformed to the image of Christ and live in intimate fellowship with Him.  (Proverbs 31:30, 1 Peter 3:1-5, Romans 12:1-2)

2.  Relationship with my husband

Goal -- to be a submissive, loving wife, willing to put my husband's needs above my own, and to be like the virtuous wife of Proverbs 31, whose husband was known in the gates when he sat among the elders of the land.  (Ephesians 5:22-24,  Proverbs 31:23)

3.  Relationship with my children

Goal -- to be a godly mother to as many children as the Lord chooses to give me, committed to loving and shepherding them, training them in God's ways, leading them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, training them to be mighty in spirit, instilling in them godly character, and teaching them to base all of life, including academic knowledge, around Christ and His Word.  (Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 2:2-3)

4.  Keeping my home

Goal -- to make my house a home -- a haven from the outside world, a warm and inviting place where my husband and children, family and friends, and whomever else God sends my way will feel welcome and comfortable.  Also, to maintain a consistently clean, orderly and peaceful home, to the glory of God.  (Titus 2:5, 1 Corinthians 14:40,  Proverbs 31:27)

5.  Ministering to other women

Goal -- to become a Titus 2 older woman who is qualified to teach the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, and obedient to their own husbands, so God's Word will not be dishonored.  Also to teach these qualities now by my spoken and written word and by example.  (Titus 2:3-5)

6.  Personal growth

Goal -- to increase my knowledge in areas that will enable me to better serve my family and to minister to other women.  Also to maintain personal disciplines that will help me be strong, healthy, and attractive to my family.

7.  Outside activities

Goal -- to take on outside interests and activities as the Lord leads and as I can handle without taking away from my home and family.


I've made a few interesting observations from discovering and reading these lifetime goals and priorities, which were written so many years ago.

1.  I should have had these goals in a place where I would read over them on a regular basis to make sure I was staying on track.  Initially, I did that, as I had neatly printed these priorities and goals in a section of my Daytimer planning notebook.  The problem is I grew tired of carrying a cumbersome notebook and eventually replaced it with something smaller.  Unlike many modern women, I haven't quite graduated to an electronic planner, but I'm sort of straddling the world of electronic calendars and reminders and the good old-fashioned daily planner.

2.  Even though I have not had these goals and priorities before my eyes these last several years, I still find that my life has been directed by them.  This is probably due to the fact that they were all based on my life verses, which I have reread and rehearsed often through the years.

3.  Obviously, I have fallen short of my goals and priorities in many ways; however, I'm still pleased to see that I have stayed on course, and that I could easily adopt the same lifetime goals and priorities today, fifteen years later.

4.  Clearly, it was not a waste of time to identify and record these goals and priorities for my life, as they have proven to be a trustworthy framework on which I have built, and continue to build, my home, my family, my life, my heritage.

"Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."  ~ Proverbs 14:1

How about you?  Have you identified goals and priorities for your life?  If so, how has that exercise affected your life?



Christi Wildman said...

I agree that we need to find ways to remind ourselves of what God has put in our paths for our life.

I have written out goals almost every year in January, and one of the things I find interesting is how often, I've misplaced last year's set. And the other thing that is interesting, is how often, when I find last years set - they are almost identical.

One of the neat things, though, is to look and see how far I've come since last year. Usually not as far as I'd hoped, but much father than if I had never set goals.

I find you a Godly woman of influence in my life. Thank you!

Christi said...

I can't create a link to your blog in the Blogger way, so I wanted you to know that I have referenced your blog on MY blog.....…lifetime-goals/

Anonymous said...

Wow. This came at the perfect time for me. We just started a new Bible study last night on Titus, and we will be going in depth over it. This will help me focus on setting goals for myself. Thank you :)

Paisleyand Polka Dot Patterns said...

Thanks for sharing! Wonderful :) Will be visiting again! By the way, I love the blog name! It caught my attention immediately!

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