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:
These goals, listed in order of priority, were written about 15 years ago, and have given me a framework for my life.
"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."
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?