Good News For The Goal Challenged

I’m goal challenged.† Iíve never been real good at setting them. †Well, actually Iím good at setting them. †The problem is that after I set them, I forget to look at them.† I have goal amnesia.

Donít get me wrong. †I think itís good to set spiritual goals especially, and try to build spiritual habits into our lives like having consistent devotions, because God uses these means to bless us. †So I believe we should have goals in our lives. †Check out Stephenís post from last week.

But above and beyond our own goals, itís so encouraging to me to know that God has goals for his children, and he will achieve them. †He has plans for us heíll fulfill. God says,

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. †(Jeremiah 29:11)

God has good works already prepared for us to walk in:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

Itís encouraging to me to know that God has already prepared those works and heíll make sure we walk in them. †We may forget our goals but God wonít forget the plans heís made for us.

And Godís greatest goal for us is to conform us to his Son for his own glory:

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

God has plans to transform us more and more into the image of Christís glory this year. †Heíll use blessing and affliction. †Heíll bring brothers and sisters into our lives to sharpen us. †Heíll use our feeble efforts to pursue him. †Heíll use his Word as we read it and listen to it preached. Heíll use our prayers and the prayers others say for us. †Heíll use wicked people. †Heíll use our failures and successes. †Heíll humble us and guide us. †Heíll make us wait patiently. †Heíll give us people to serve and encourage. Heíll give and take away.

And he will be successful in achieving his goal. †At the end of this year, weíll be more like Christ than we are now. †I want to do all I can do to obey Jesus and become like him, but Iím so grateful itís not ultimately up to me. †Itís the wonderful plan of the One who does all things well.


  1. Elaine says

    "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10) One of my favorite verses; it gives me such hope and rest. Love the part of being His workmanship; it is not about me at all. Everything I have and everything good thing I have ever done or will ever do is all because of Him. I am so grateful.

    • Mark Altrogge says

      Thanks Seemy! This is Mark Ė Stephen doesn’t need to change his diet, but I do. Tho I said eat less bacon, I didn’t say how much less.

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