Have you ever got excited about starting something new? I recall many times in my life where I feel inspired and look forward to beginning a new work, only to find myself in a situation where what I’ve started is overwhelming. Then the excitement wears off and I find myself stuck in the same situation I was in before I started. I’ve often found myself like this with my quiet times. This is why it is important to be careful to set an effective growth goal.
You plan to grow in your love for the Lord and His word, but maybe you’re just getting started and don’t want to take on too much? It could be that your existing Bible reading plan is getting old, or you’ve finished one plan and are ready to choose another. Perhaps you’re designing a growth goal and need a reading plan to help you? When it comes to Bible reading plans, there are an almost limitless series of options available. What follows below isn’t every plan available, but it is the ultimate guide to the better Bible reading plans out there.
It may be that you know or have heard of someone whose Bible reading plan goes like this: 1. Open the Bible to a random place. 2. Read. Such plans are seldom sustainable, and those who attempt to follow them don’t tend to mature. When it comes to reading the Bible, we know we need to, but often struggle with how to do so. Since we know it’s important to set goals for our quiet times, let’s consider how to read the Bible the way we need to.
Have you ever set a goal and failed to achieve it? I confess, I’ve had times where I not only failed to achieve the goal I set, I didn’t even start on it! Failure to achieve goals is often simply because we don’t know how to set the right goals, or when we do, we are not realistic about the goal and the parameters we need to set to achieve them. Fortunately, our distracted age has become quite good at setting meaningful and effective goals. Here’s a quick guide to setting smart goals for your quiet time.
There are times for all of us when our quiet times seem to become laborious. For some reason the joy is gone and opening our Bible every day becomes plain hard work. Distractions seem so interesting, don’t they? Before we know it, our time is up and we need to move on to the next part of our day. We’ve seen why it is important to set goals for our quiet times, but there are two types of goals that will unlock your growth and make your quiet time transformative.
Who we are when we are alone with God is who we really are. But the Lord is not focused on who we are, but who He wants us to be. God is shaping us into the image of His Son. So when we’re alone with God, the better question to ask is, Who does the Lord want me to be? This question is the key to set better goals for our quiet time.
Someone once said that if you don’t have a goal, you’ll hit it every time. It’s all too easy to float through life without thinking much beyond today. One way to ensure that we achieve anything is to set goals. We often have career goals and financial goals, but as Christians, our walk with the Lord is more valuable than either of those things, yet few people set goals to help them grow in Christ. So I want to encourage you to set some goals for your walk with the Lord. Here are 7 reasons why you need to set quiet time goals.
You know that one of the primary goals the Lord has for us is our sanctification. So, why not use your quiet time to conduct a search and destroy mission for sin? Since we’ve covered elements of this on this blog over the last couple of months, let’s summarize what we’ve covered so that we have a single article that provides a topical index.